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A New Noel

Festivities without family is tough
You step into uncertainty and strange
Without family feels like without love
No heartbreak worse than change

Tis the season of family and joy
Society bombards you for weeks
Reminding you that you’re an outcast
A failure in what you seek

But festivities with loved ones are
A change I can embrace
A meal with friends with food and laughs
A love you don’t need to chase

For what is life without a friend
The family in life we adopt
For me a picture of Christmas truth
A reminder of true love unlockedimage

Author:

I’m Cece Alexandra and I have Epilepsy. Since being diagnosed, my life has changed significantly. After studying and teaching Humanities and Literature for all of my adult life, I was bullied and lost my job a month before qualifying to become an English Teacher. Once you fail the Teacher Training course in England, you cannot ever retrain; I then became too sick to work because of my Epilepsy. I am now currently studying an MSc in Mental Health Psychology with the University of Liverpool. My disability provokes me into raising awareness for invisible disabilities, which I also actively partake in with Epilepsy Action. Part of that awareness is to help fight against invisible disability discrimination - I believe that this behaviour is not cognitively unconscious; modern society is actively partaking in a hierarchy of disabilities and I believe that there is not enough psychological research to prove this. I am also clinically interested in Cultural Psychology - particularly Collectivist Culture, and wish to pursue this further in my academic career.

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