About four years ago, I began feeling a general loss of stamina and balance in my daily walking—even fell a number of times because of weakness in my legs. Three doctors took brain scans and determined that I had Parkinson’s disease. Their prognosis was that I would first need a wheelchair and later on be confined to a bed. They told me there was no cure. This I refused to accept.
I was sent to a neurologist. Her answer was pills, but they only made me feel worse (horrible nightmares). So she took me off all medicine.
As a child, I had attended Christian Science Sunday School for about five years. I remembered what I learned there, that man is spiritual, not material. I thought, God is good, and He made man perfect, so I’m not going to accept this disease as the truth about myself. Instead, I focused on being in the presence of God. I also read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
About a year ago, I began thanking God on my walks and at many other times for all His blessings shown to me, my family, and friends—my wife, two sons and their wives, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. They were all in perfect health and doing fine. I was so grateful to God.
On Valentine’s Day in 2012, I received the greatest gift ever. My neurologist told me the Parkinson’s disease had vanished. She said, “Don’t come back.” I didn’t ask for an explanation—I knew the answer.
I have only gotten stronger in mind and body since. As proof of my recovery, I participated in the Pasadena Senior Olympics last year and won several swimming medals. Recently, I swam a full mile, and I regularly walk one and a half miles at a time. I am also a better Christian. I believe what the Bible says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3). I am in that peace. I feel reborn. May everyone be touched by God as I have been!
Pasadena, California, US
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