I never expected to publicly advertise as a Christian Science practitioner. I was a young wife and mother, busy with my life and very happy with it. Because my husband was in the military, we moved frequently and had an active social life. I was just having fun being a wife and mother and was finding fulfillment that way.
With a growing family, we began to have challenges. I had been raised as a Christian Scientist, and had relied on prayer whenever I faced trouble of any kind—including illness. So I naturally turned to this method when my children had ailments or other difficulties arose. Christian Science practitioners— people who pray for others who ask for spiritual treatment—were wonderfully helpful in supporting my own prayers with their treatment. Each time there was a problem, it was always cured or resolved through prayer. But I became progressively more afraid about the children's well-being, and my attitude must have conveyed this to a practitioner who was helping me at the time.
I learned that I didn't need to be anxious.