The Miracle Cat is the author’s personal journey of perseverance, overcoming trauma and forgiveness of self and others. Ceuzinha was once a young woman with big dreams and a passion for writing but then she experienced sexual assault and both her dreams and voice were lost. Lost until, Leopardo, the miracle cat came into Ceuzinha’s life and helped her recover her repressed memories, courage and voice.
Now as a woman in her early sixties, with Parkinson’s disease, Ceuzinha has reclaimed her power and shares her story of resilience, strength, and the healing power of love.
Maria do Céu Oliveira-Cabral, mostly known as “Ceuzinha” was born in São Miguel, Açores, Portugal where she lived until 19 years of age. In 1976 she immigrated to Canada.
As a widow, Ceuzinha presently lives in Caledon, Ontario with her son and several cats along with various adopted squirrels, birds, skunks and other strays that she feeds regularly as they venture into her backyard.
The author has worked in cleaning services, food industry, Portuguese language instructor, Telecommunications, Air Portugal, social work (employment field as a workforce specialist).
While working full time, Ceuzinha enrolled for continuing education at Sheridan College graduating in Management Studies, and Human Resources Specialist. She also graduated from Labour Education with a focus on Human Rights and Women’s Rights.