Charlotte (Cece) graduated from Canterbury Christ Church in 2017. Cece has suffered from Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) for almost 15 years and says: “The University supported me throughout my course while I was going through a particularly bad phase of CVS attacks, meaning I could still complete the course and enjoy my degree”.
Following her PGCE, Cece completed two years as a Teach First maths teacher before braving a trip to Asia as a solo traveller with this chronic illness. She says: “I experienced the trials of travelling as a female alone, dealing with the loss of my Grandma whilst away, becoming severely ill during an earthquake in Japan but, alongside all of this, encountered many selfless acts of kindness from people around the world”.
Cece has been trying to bring awareness about invisible illnesses and has self-published her first book, Chikara: Stronger Than You Look, in which she describes her travels in Asia as a young female with a chronic illness.
She says: “I will donate 15% of any author royalties I may make to the CVSA UK (A small charity dedicated to helping CVS sufferers and their families). I empathise with students and young adults who are beginning a new phase in their lives whilst trying to manage a chronic condition and hope to play my small part in creating a voice for the silent sufferers”.