Autobiography of a face

I recently read a book called The Autobiography of a Face, published in 1994 by Lucy Greeley, about Lucy’s battle with jaw cancer and the resulting disfigurement. “It was this pain — feeling ugly — that was the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed insignificant by comparison,” she said. She has undergone 38 surgeries in her life, five of which were To deal with cancer, the rest is to deal with her lost jaw.

The memoir is basically a linear narrative in which nine-year-old Lucy is injured while playing dodgeball at school. She went to a dentist to remove a cyst in her mouth. But after a while, her face swelled badly. She was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a deadly cancer. With only a 5 percent survival rate, she began a series of surgeries and radiation therapy. The radiotherapy lasted for two and a half years. When she went back to school, her mother bought her a lot of short-sleeved turtlenecks. Lucy asked her why she was wearing turtlenecks in the spring. Her mother replied, you have to cover it. The neck, that will make the scar less noticeable. The mother encourages her daughter to be stoic, but suppresses Lucy from expressing her emotions. Lucy worries that every time she cries or expresses fear, she will disappoint her mother. At school, she was taunted by teenage children, and she records that she was once seen on the stairs by a group of boys who said to one of them, Jerry, “Hey, Jerry, your girlfriend is here.” The boys laughed. “I’m embarrassed and sorry for the boy named Jerry,” Lucy said.

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She wrote about the loneliness of the disease, and was rarely asked what she was going through, how she felt, and in one chapter she wrote about the tactile sensations involved in the process of incising the body, “To get this emotional comfort from the surgery, I don’t No shame. After all, surgery is a bad thing, isn’t it? Is there something wrong with me being comfortable in such meticulous care.” She underwent multiple plastic surgeries, but eventually accepted the reality that people would think she was ugly. She began to avoid looking in the mirror, saying she had been waiting for life to begin, as if it would not begin until her face was repaired. After high school, Lucy attended Sarah Lawrence University, where she studied poetry. She has some friends and seems to be romantically involved, but she thinks she’s too ugly to be loved forever. Lucy is obsessed with her face, and she thinks fixing her disfigurement will solve all her other problems. Cancer treatment took five years, and cosmetic surgery has been going on for 15 years, she said. By the end of the memoir, Lucy is still insecure, but she seems to have found some peace in her appearance and identity. She was determined not to wait for physical beauty to make her lovable, but to “get acquainted” with her face and her identity.

After college, she took a writing class at the University of Iowa. Like many young people, she endured the hardships of work, loneliness and wandering, and later won a publishing contract to write her own story. She gained fame when The Autobiography of a Face was published. She’s going to be on the “Today Show”, she’s going to the store to buy clothes, she’s doing all kinds of interviews, and she’s going around to sign deals. At a book signing, a reader asked her how you can remember your childhood so clearly. She replied, I don’t remember, I just wrote it. There is a saying that women are very willing to perform pain, so writing is actually performative, but you can hardly say that the pain that is performed and the pain that is written is not real pain. She wrote that she had to wear a hat for more than two years, and that she liked Halloween very much. Only when everyone wore masks and costumes on Halloween would she feel that she was no different from everyone else. She wrote that her family paid for medical insurance and Worried about cancer bills, writes about the comfort she gets from cats, dogs, horses. “Autobiography of a Face” is a story that expresses women’s suffering with extreme accuracy. However, Lucy’s story does not end after this book. In 2002, she underwent final reconstructive surgery, after which she was very interested in OxyContin ( OxyContin) is addicted to…

Later female writers, when writing about physical and female pain, always refer to Lucy’s Autobiography of a Face. If you want to learn more about women’s suffering, you should also read this book.