Autobiography of a Face

1324 WordsApr 18, 20056 Pages
Lucy Grealy tells a story about not fitting in, unbearable pain that takes up residence in one's head as loneliness and confusion, questioning what things mean, being scared and lost in your family, enduring intense physical pain, and most importantly, figuring out who you are. Lucy had no idea she might die, even though the survival rate for Ewing's sarcoma was only five percent. She does not present her parents as overly afraid for her life, either. Her autobiography is not a story about the fear of death, but about such courage and anguish. Lucy shows how she falls under the spell of her disability, allowing it to control her life and dictate her future to a greater extent than it would otherwise. Having a disability means that…show more content…
At first, Lucy felt unsympathetic because she saw a breast more hidden than a face. Lucy eventually realizes the woman's suffering and says, "Her feelings of ugliness consumed her as much as mine consumed me…but there was no doubt she was beautiful. Her problems lay in her perception". At 10, she began to mature emotionally at a rate uncommon to children facing a catastrophic loss. She tells of receiving solace and understanding more from a seriously ill asthmatic boy from a troubled family than from her own family. The years of cruel school taunting and reconstructive surgeries finally took their toll. Brilliantly explaining the pain of being rejected by her classmates and the secret desire to feel special, Lucy openly captures the pain and heartache of a girl growing up wanting nothing more than for others, as well as her self, to get past her physical flaws and love her for who she is on the inside. Other patients who suffered similarly by disfigurement and handicaps play a more prominent role in Lucy's experiences. From them she gathered the courage and strength that made it possible for her to survive. Lucy wonders early on "how do we go about turning into the people we are meant to be?" For years, the answer didn't come to her because of what she saw, or what she didn't see

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