Posted in Poetry


Flying home from Budapest

To overcome my main life’s test,

Long summer nights and mental downs

Seizures and confusion, I writhed and howled;

Night became day; time a constant merge

Into endlessness and tasks deferred.

Wickets fell, as Summer decomposed

Welcoming the Autumn I suppose.

A time of change, chills and mist

But you were never, ever on my list.

A fleeting moment of mindless swipes

You were the one to catch my eye.

And now we welcome in the snow,

We’ve just begun and so far to go!

The days are shorter, and the sun fades fast

Yet this warmth for you is built to last.

I shiver but not from Winter’s chill…

But from life enriched with endless thrills.


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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