Advocacy

Narcolepsy Advocate in Neurology Now Magazine

by julie on October 12, 2016

Hot off the presses! I’m proud to be featured in Neurology Now’s article, Self Diagnose Successfully, on becoming an empowered and informed patient. I love Neurology Now magazine but narcolepsy isn’t included much, so I am thrilled to help raise some narcolepsy awareness with this neurology audience. Also, it’s super cool that my MedX friend, Matthew Might is […]

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I received the following comment on my recent blog post and wanted to respond here. ************ Dear N. Leptic, Thank you for taking an interest in learning more about my experience with narcolepsy. First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your challenging experience with narcolepsy. It sounds like you are facing some very real and significant […]

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On June 2, 2016, I had the honor of attending the White House/Stanford Medicine X workshop, “Engaging Participants as Partners in Research”, as part of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. This event far exceeded my wildest expectations. But first, some context. It’s Gonna Be a Good Day: The day before going to the White House, on […]

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This week, I received a very special invitation from the WHITE HOUSE! I am so honored to share that on June 2, 2016, I will join the Medicine X and EveryoneIncluded™ family of rockstar advocates and innovators at the White House for an important discussion on patients as equal partners in research, a core goal of President Obama’s […]

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Recently, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ star Jeremy Renner said that he wanted to be “Captain Narcolepsy… so he could nap whenever he wanted” on Live! with Kelly and Michael. Afterward, many people with narcolepsy and their supporters took to social media to respond. One particular response caught my attention – written by Wendy Ellsworth, a 34-year-old registered nurse living […]

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Recently, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ star, Jeremy Renner appeared on Live! with Kelly & Michael, stating, “I want to be Captain… Narcolepsy… I just want to nap whenever I want to nap.” Kelly adds, “My husband already beat you to it. We call it mark-olepsy.” [Everyone laughs…] Watch here (comment is at 6:45): My opinion: In reaction, I […]

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In this Everyone Included™ video, I speak with MedX innovators about what is means to track or measure our health. Are all things measurable? How do we make sure that intangible and invisible things like puppies, pain, happiness, sleepiness and social support, are part of the story too? How do we shift the culture of healthcare from “I […]

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Recently, I was honored to join a group of rockstar advocates and innovators for a fantastic discussion and experimental filming exercise! Check out this awesome first video highlighting narcolepsy, sleepiness and invisible illnesses: When you get invited to an “experimental filming dinner party” in the Hollywood Hills where there’s no cellphone service, you may feel a little uncertain… […]

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A few nights ago, I returned home from work exhausted and found a mysterious heavy package on my doorstep. Inside was a brand new copy of Narcolepsy: A Clinical Guide (2nd ed.), edited by Dr. Meeta Goswami, Dr. Michael Thorpy and S.R. Pandi-Perumal. As a patient advocate, it was a HUGE honor to contribute the chapter […]

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Happy Rare Disease Day 2016!

by julie on February 29, 2016

Today, February 29 is Rare Disease Day! With 350 million people around the world living with a rare disease, HUG someone with a RARE DISEASE today. For Rare Disease Day 2016, I was SO honored to contribute to two great articles for Mashable’s Social Good program. Author, Katie Dupere eloquently describes: “For those living with rare […]

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