I was reared in a deeply religious...

I was reared in a deeply religious home, and as a child and adolescent I just about lived in church on Sundays. When the time came for me to choose a career, I decided to become a nurse, for service to mankind appealed strongly to me. In time I graduated and became a registered nurse. Most of my young womanhood was spent in following this profession in various capacities, both in private duty and in institutional fields.

In the early spring of 1933, however, my health failed, and I was forced to give up my position. Also, the financial savings I had invested during the years of activity had become frozen assets, and as I had no home of my own to which to go, I quickly sank into the depths of despair. The physicians of the institution I served gave me every needed attention, but instead of improving I grew worse physically and mentally. And after a few months of constand attention from physicians, I willingly entered a state hospital for mental cases.

June 20, 1942

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