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Soap opera star talks about healing

From the May 2002 issue of The Christian Science Journal

is probably best known as Kim Hughes of As The World Turns. She has been playing Kim for the past 30 years. Among her other credits are guest starring roles in over 50 other television series. She also appeared on Broadway in Mary, Mary and The Irregular Verb To Love. In 1998, she received the Editor's Award from Soap Opera Digest for her outstanding contribution to daytime television. She spoke with actress about her introduction to Christian Science.

Blinding headaches became a dreaded and regular part of my life when I was a teenager. Over the years, the doctors prescribed more and more medicine in stronger doses. Adding to that, I suffered a horseback-riding accident that caused a severe concussion, a broken arm, and a neck and back injury. I was in constant pain 24 hours a day. As a result, I was taking even more medicine. I reached a point when on top of all this, I was also getting a divorce, had very little money, and was supporting myself, my daughter, and two other members of my family.

Then I had an opportunity to audition for a role in a movie that involved singing. I hired an accompanist who came to my house to rehearse. Often, he would arrive just as I was finishing up with the physical therapist, so he knew that all was not well. After I had the audition, I found I wanted to continue to study with him—not so much because of the music, but because there was something about him that seemed so special.

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