In 2003, I badly needed to have a better view of myself. Although I wasn't fully aware of it at the time, challenges at my workplace that included downsizing concerns had begun to take a toll on my self-esteem. I also endured regular put-downs from two younger co-workers relating to my being a "senior citizen." On top of this, I began having trouble digesting food properly. Whenever I had a problem eating, I would give myself a Christian Science treatment, as well as ask a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me. Each time, I gained my freedom.
However, the eating disorder continued to occur periodically over a number of months. I lost a lot of weight and was spending more time in bed. Eventually, I couldn't retain any food or liquid. One evening, I remember asking my husband to assist me, and then I apparently lost consciousness.
Over the next two and a half weeks, with a Christian Science practitioner praying for me, I sought to better understand the spiritual truths that would lead to a permanent healing of this condition. The practitioner visited our home daily and talked with me about my spiritual identity. She shared many healing ideas from the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, and also read inspiring articles to me from the Christian Science magazines. I looked forward to her coming because she was always so cheerful and helped me see that my situation wasn't desperate, but an opportunity for spiritual growth—which was not only possible, but certain.