The Sentinel received an unprecedented amount of letters in response to the April 23 cover article, "Facing down disability." While reader response to the Melton family's inspiring story was overwhelmingly positive, reservations were expressed by some about such a frank documentation of both the struggles and successes of a Christian Science family. Because we appreciate all the responses and want to encourage this kind of healthy exchange of thought, we're printing an expanded letters section this week.

I was thrilled to read the article titled "Facing down disability" (April 23). I feel as though it has given me permission to express gratitude for my daughter's healing experience. We were told there was no hope for her recovery after brain surgery. Ourr doctor at the time told us to reserve a spot at a state hospital, because it was so difficult to get in. The doctor in Chicago, who happened to be the head of neurology, told me that they [the doctors] weren't God. I remember not responding, as I was so grief-stricken, and he repeated himself. I got it!

I called my aunt, who was a wonderful Christian Scientist. She helped me contact a practitioner, and we haven't looked back. My daughter Laurie has made remarkable progress. She wasn't expected to walk or to be able to communicate at all. She attended Christian Science Sunday School along with her sister. She was loved and given wonderful attention each week. Four years ago she walked down the aisle and repeated her vows to a wonderful young man. He is the joy of our lives.

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The Church that celebrates healing
June 4, 2001

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