When I turned three, my grandmother enrolled me in the Sunday School of the branch Church of Christ, Scientist, where she was a member. She was a relatively new student of Christian Science herself.
One Saturday a number of years ago, I was working in a Christian Science Reading Room. I had served until closing time, but I wanted to stay longer.
One day while I was out hiking with friends, I fell on my ankle just as we were walking back to our car. The moment it happened, the words “holds the divine order,” a phrase from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, came to thought and kept me focused on the spiritual fact that God holds all that He makes in perfect order, therefore there is no opportunity for accident or injury.
Shortly after I relocated from England back to my native Nigeria, I participated in three weeks of paramilitary training with the National Youth Service Corps. This training is mandatory for every Nigerian citizen who has finished university.
Directly after the birth of our first child, the doctors told my husband and me that I had a fever and a severe infection, and would not survive without medical treatment that would take at least ten days to have an effect. It also seemed there was a problem with our daughter that resulted in her not receiving enough nutrition as she ate.
About 12 years ago I began to have difficulty walking, sitting down, and standing. The physical challenge continued to worsen and spread, so that bending and moving my arms became limited, uncomfortable, and at times painful.
I was with family at my brother’s house during the Thanksgiving weekend last year when the following incident occurred. As I stepped into the garage to visit his loving dogs in their dog pen, my shoelaces, which I hadn’t realized were dragging, got caught in the house door after it closed behind me.
When I was a girl, I had an allergy. I couldn’t drink or eat dairy products or I would get a terrible rash.
A number of years ago I had a wonderful healing that resulted from thinking about one of my favorite Bible passages. I was an attorney, running around in high heels and arguing cases in several different courts, when I suddenly found it very difficult to walk because of a painful corn that had developed on the outside of my foot.
When our oldest daughter, Tara, was fifteen months old and not developing normally, my husband and I were told by a neurologist that she had cerebral palsy and traits of autism. An orthopedic surgeon told me he did not think she would ever walk.