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A Letter to Myself the Day I Was Diagnosed with Epilepsy

Happy Friday y’all!

I’ve recently been branching out with my writing and submitting pieces to different websites and blogs. One in particularly is The Mighty which is a web community bringing together real people with real stories about their battles with disabilities, diseases and mental health.

I have been so blessed to have the team accept me into their community and value my story.

We were recently set a challenge to write a letter to ourselves the  day we were diagnosed with our condition. March will be two years since I was diagnosed with Epilepsy and a lot has changed – for better and for worse.

Please click on the link below to read my submission.

And if you yourself have a disability, disease or mental health issues then please do get involved! I’m sure that The Mighty Community would love to have you on board!

http://themighty.com/2016/02/what-i-wouldve-told-myself-the-day-i-was-diagnosed-with-epilepsy/

xoxo

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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