When Laura was little, she was not born blind or deaf. When the doctor held her, Laura's limbs jerked around. This went on for a while. She was fine for a long while, but then she got very ill from scarlet fever and almost died. Two of her sisters died from the fever, Collina born on August 26, 1842 and died on June 25, 1919 and Mary born on January 25, 1842 and died on November 14, 1859. But Laura was not aware of this. Her fever went on for five weeks. When it finally went away, it destroyed almost all of her eyesight and hearing. Later, Laura impaled her eye on a spinning wheel and destroyed all of her sight.
When Laura was young and new to not seeing and hearing, she was very curious and more explorative. When she first came to Perkins school for blind and deaf children, she was unhappy and sad not to be at home. But when she started to learn sign language and then eventually braille, she brightened up. That's when she started to love learning. She was very quick to learn rather than all of the other kids. When Laura learned something new she always had a hard questions, like when she learned horses can be darker shades like brown, black and white she asked, "why aren't horses pink?". Sense Laura loved the color pink even though she never saw it she wondered why horses weren't pink. The teachers could only response "they just aren't."
Laura didn't have any life goals but it could of been different if she could see and hear. Even though she didn't have any real goals she wanted to learn as much as possible. She loved to learn. When she wasn't getting taught she worked on the things that the teachers taught her. She would sign and if she messed up like miss spell a word she would slap her signing hand.