During high school I felt many pressures from family and...

During high school I felt many pressures from family and friends, so I began trying different drugs, hoping they would satisfy my needs. Finally I was committed to a state hospital for tests to determine brain damage suspected at birth. I had learned of Christian Science from an aunt. I now sought help from a Christian Science practitioner.

As I began studying Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, I found this statement especially appropriate (p. 552): "Human experience in mortal life, which starts from an egg, corresponds with that of Job, when he says, 'Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.' Mortals must emerge from this notion of material life as all-in-all. They must peck open their shells with Christian Science, and look outward and upward."I was also comforted by Mrs. Eddy's answer to the question "What is man?" which begins (ibid., p. 475): "Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God."

A Christian Science practitioner and a worker for the Christian Science Institutional Activities visited me weekly. Their help and encouragement were invaluable, and eventually I regularly attended the Christian Science services held in the hospital.

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July 28, 1980

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