WAKING UP to My Superpower

Alice Cheshire
The Startup
Published in
45 min readNov 20, 2019

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My Journey out of a Coma, Back to Consciousness, Healing Through Pregnancy and into Motherhood

Cul de Sac, by Richard Thompson

Hi. I’m Alice. I’m the internal voice of Alicia, who is the actual person on the outside of me. Alicia made up Alice as a name for me when she decided to start blabbing about her personal stories on a blog, because it’s slightly more comfortable for a somewhat introvert to stay somewhat concealed. You get it. The Cul de Sac comic, shared above, features a kindergarten girl named Alice with a bossy personality strikingly similar to mine. My husband introduced her to me while I was in a depression phase of my recovery from a coma. She made me feel better. Even when no one else could see me anymore, beyond the damaged outside version of me that most people saw, my husband could still see me. I never changed, to my own self recognition, along this journey out of consciousness and back into it. On the outside, though, what people could see, I changed a lot. My husband knew how to find me. That’s why I married him, I guess. So, here’s my story.

August 2011 — Grad School

I was going back to film school. What a crazy thing to do, right? I have this silly dream of being a professional screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. While it may seem like a crazy thing to pursue, I’m crazy enough to pursue it. Full of hope and motivated to realize those dreams, I was…

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Alice Cheshire
The Startup

Survivor, Screenwriter, Pseudonym Blogger. (If you want to know my real name, read my blog to find out.)