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The Themes of My Left Foot Cerebral Palsy When I hear somebody sigh Life is hard I am always tempted to ask Compared to what -Sydney Harris One of the themes in My Left Foot is Christy Browns struggles with Cerebral Palsy Cerebral Palsy is a disease that is caused from birth Premature babies are most at risk for the disease and most that are born with it do not cry in the first five minutes of birth unlike normal babies The cause of the disease is still unknown like many birth defects The mother and father of the baby often feel guilty for the babys condition but the truth is that it still often occurs even when the mother has strictly followed her physicians advice in caring for herself and the developing infant The disease disrupts bodily functions and the symptoms may vary Many subjects are unable to speak but their brains are fully functional and therefore are trapped in their own world unable to express their feelings or thoughts In the book the doctors told Christys mother that he would never be able to communicate and would be a vegetable the rest of his life Unlike a lot of patients with the same illness Christy with a lot of determination turned his life around He learned to express himself through writing and painting doing this only with the use of his left foot Christys story makes you look twice at your problems and reassess your life Inspiration A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world -Sigmund Freud With the mass flow of books movies and media in the modern world it is hard to find a great book or movie Every once and a while you come across a book that changes the way you look at
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