I was delivering a lecture in a college class one day when I felt a...

I was delivering a lecture in a college class one day when I felt a great stiffening in my neck that intensified as the hour progressed. I could no longer hold my head erect but leaned further and further to one side. I managed to finish the lecture, but my students were greatly distracted by my condition. After class I went to the library to try to work out the problem and at the same time prepare for my next lecture.

It was obvious to me that the stiffening was a result of my reaction to the great pressure of my work. I was particularly nervous about a major lecture I had to deliver the next day. Although I could see the cause of the problem, I could not seem to master it; and so I canceled my classes for the rest of the day. At home I went to bed and asked my wife to read the week's Lesson-Sermon from the Christian Science Quarterly to me. But the pain was so intense that I could not hear her. Furthermore, paralysis had begun to creep through my whole body.

December 14, 1968
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