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Helen Adams Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was nineteen months old that she contracted an illness described by doctors as “an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain,” which could possibly have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her deaf and blind.

Precious Picture....wish I knew the story behind it...

"As a child, Hillary Clinton wrote to NASA inquiring on how to become an astronaut - NASA replied saying girls could not be astronauts. "

Helen Keller, though blind and deaf, never let anything hold her back. She once said, "Life is either a great adventure or nothing."

Helen Keller with a wounded soldier, 1919

Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, best known by her pseudonym George Sand, was a remarkable woman - a prodigious novelist, dramatist and campaigner for all manner of political reform. A rebellious, cross-dressing, cigar-smoking, scandalously-acting woman writer who lived at a time that was certainly much more of a man's world than today. Chopin was only one of many famous men in her life. After the relationship fell apart, in 1847, he scarcely composed again, before his death two years later.

Hellen Keller Kids Museum: her life in pictures (great resource for pictures and info)