To participate in athletics in high school I had to have a physical...

To participate in athletics in high school I had to have a physical examination. Following that examination, which I underwent in 1947, I was given a diagnosis of having Bright's disease. (My grandfather, aunt, and an uncle had passed away with this condition.) Strict diet and medical drugs were prescribed.

Later, when I was a freshman in college, a doctor told me that I probably would not live to be thirty-five years of age. This was certainly not good news to a young man of eighteen who was just beginning life on his own.

In 1952 I transferred to a university in Texas, where I was introduced to Christian Science by my uncle Ted. He would come to my fraternity house every Sunday morning and pick me up for breakfast. Then, to be nice to him, I attended a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, with him. I did this every Sunday during my sophomore and junior years.

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