The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, Helen reveals details of some of the most memorable events in the first twenty two years of her life having been left blind and deaf after an illness when she was nineteen months old. She lifts "the veil that clings about my childhood like a golden mist." (Ch 1) Many of her stories show a real fighting spirit as she struggles to understand her "silent, dayless life." (ch 2)Even from a young age, she learns "from life itself" (ch 7) which allows her to take each experience and learn from it rather than dwell on it.  She takes solace in the garden "the paradise of my childhood" (ch 1) where she often goes after a temper tantrum. She admits that, due to her frustrations, her tantrums become so frequent that they "occur daily, sometimes hourly." (ch 3)