I have known of Christian Science from early childhood

I have known of Christian Science from early childhood. An aunt was a Christian Science practitioner, and Science and Health and Mrs. Eddy's other writings held a place in my home. But I grew up thinking that Science was a great thing for other people, as I did not want to study it seriously.

Nevertheless, when I left San Francisco and traveled through the Far East to Paris to study art, I had a copy of Science and Health in my luggage. When I was afraid or troubled, I took out the book and read something comforting from it.

After I got back from Europe I had a rough time making a living as an artist. In order to increase my income, I taught a few students. Among them was a surgeon, and when a frightening and painful condition appeared on one side of my face, I went to see him at the hospital where he was chief surgeon. He examined me, then suggested I stay overnight. No medication or treatment was taken.

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September 8, 1980

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