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New Beginnings

I met you at a crossroads;

I didn’t know left from right;

I saw the signs but I was afraid –

Afraid to come off the dust beaten track.

You showed me a valley

Of infinite possibilities,

Without even meeting face to face.

Like the moon orbits the earth,

I felt your gravitational pull;

Even when we were no longer speaking

Your pull brought me closer to myself

Than I’d ever felt before.

Like staring into a mirror

And seeing a foreign face,

I saw what you saw all along,

And I knew that I had to swallow the fear

And leave behind what was already lost,

And found what I’d always been looking for.

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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