Helen Keller detailed the events of her life from her birth to her early twenties in her autobiography, The Story of My Life. She detailed many important events in her life. The following are four very important ones:
- Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing when she was almost two years old. She had what doctors called "acute congestion of the stomach and brain." They thought that Helen might not live. She did live, but the sickness caused her to become deaf and blind.
- Annie Sullivan came to live with the Keller family. She became Helen's teacher and her constant companion. Miss Sullivan was a determined woman. She did not give up on Helen.
- After many attempts, Annie helped Helen to discover language. Helen had a breakthrough moment when Miss Sullivan held her hand under a waterspout. As the water poured over Helen's hand, Miss Sullivan spelled "w-a-t-e-r" into the girl's palm. Helen made the connection that those letters meant the cool liquid. After that, she began to learn how to communicate through fingerspelling. Helen later said that the word "water" "awakened [her] soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!"
- Miss Sullivan taught Helen how to communicate and learn. Helen was able to go to school. She attended school beginning in 1894. Helen studied mathematics, literature, history, and many other subjects. She learned to write using a special typewriter. Helen also made attempts to learn how to speak. Helen even went to college.