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Normal

Purple Day EA

She said that I wasn’t “normal” –

I’d been claimed by the devil.

They point and watch me fall,

Though my cries grow raw and shrill.

“Normal people need only one day”

To get over ailments, just a glitch

Otherwise steadfast. Just one day.

In the team I’m the glitch.

“Quit now”, she said, “and save us all!”

I sank into the ground.

No longer do I stand so tall,

With so many dark voices around.

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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