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The Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy is an autobiography of a girl who turns her misfortune into an encouraging story that is engaging and engrossing At age nine Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed she faced the cruel taunts of her classmates She spent the next twenty years being treated differently for looking different from the rest of the world Yet with all the hardships in her life Grealy overcame childhood cancer permanent disfigurement and ultimately the deep bottomless grief called ugliness she learned to embrace her inner self and true beauty Lucy Grealy was born in Ireland Her family consisted of her parents her two older brothers an older sister twin sister and Lucy herself Grealys family had immigrated to America and Sarah Lucys twin sister and Lucy were four Lucys life was perfectly normal until a simple accident in fourth grade when the right side of her jaw collided with Joni Friedmans head in Physical Education Because of this pure accident Lucy Grealys life was completely changed At the age of nine Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings sarcoma in which the reasonable chance of survival was given at five percent Thanks to radical surgery involving the removal of third of her jaw and years of radiation and chemotherapy Lucy Grealy recovered from her disease despite its low survival odds However the physical pain she suffered turned out to be far easier to endure than her sense of disfigurement and her isolation from other children In high school Lucys worst fears came true Everyday she was teased by a group of boys about the way she looked Often after her daily meeting with them she only ended up hating herself Lucy became convinced that only facial reconstruction and a restored appearance would make life bearable When Lucy looked in
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