"I longed desperately to die. I believe very few children have ever been so
completely left alone as i was."
Anne Sullivan was an incredible person who taught deaf-blind six year old, Helen Keller, how to communicate. Though, before she became well-known, she had many challenges to overcome. At the start of her childhood, her father was very abusive. He would come home an alcoholic and beat her. Sometimes, Annie's mother would try to hide her from him. Added to that, her family were Irish immigrants who came to America searching for a better living. They didn't find a better life though, but possibly worse; they became very poor. When Annie turned 5, her eyes began to itch, and they were swollen, red, and clouded over. She came down with an eye disease called Trachoma. After many operations, her eye sight began getting better. Added to Annie's troubles, her mother got sick, and soon died. Her brother then came down with Tuberculosis. Annie's father, not knowing what to do with two sick children, abandoned both her and her brother. Both eventually got sent to a state-run poorhouse in Massachusetts. Annie's brother died three months later, and Annie was left alone. One day, a group of inspectors came to the poorhouse to look at its conditions. Annie brought up enough courage to leap out in front of the leader, Frank Sanborn, and cry, "Mr. Sanborn, Mr. Sanborn, I want to go to school!" So soon she was transferred to the Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston, and that was where she began a new life.