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Writing for me is time-traveling. On January 16, 2012, I sipped a steaming hot soy latte at my favorite coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia, cued up the classical piano in my headphones and closed my eyes. Here we go!  On this day, my time-traveling destination was a hotel room in Albany, New York – four years earlier. The subject […]


What does NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE mean to you?

by julie on August 27, 2014

Narcolepsy- Not Alone

What resonates with you? I created this word-collage using popular words from NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign blog posts. For me, the words “connect”, “badass” and “tears” stand out. I love that positive and negative experiences are captured here. No matter where you are on your journey, your feelings are valid and normal, its all part of  the narcolepsy roller-coaster. […]


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“Despite dealing with the nightmares caused by her condition, April Scarlett Lee’s cartoons have gone global as part of Project Sleep!” April-Scarlett Lee’s narcolepsy journey and the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign are featured in the news this week! Read “Tackling Narcolepsy” by Lydia Johnson, Worcester News, July 7, 2014 [PDF]. I’m so proud to call […]


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My book got it’s first one-star review on Amazon and I sort of LOVE it. Read below: I won’t use this forum to defend Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy or bash this reviewer. Every reader is entitled to his or her opinion. It doesn’t interest me to persuade him/her/you differently.   But […]


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There are many comedic portrayals of narcolepsy in the media – “Mr. Bean”, “Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo” and “Moulin Rouge” – these films feature characters with narcolepsy who fall asleep while standing and the audience gets a quick laugh. Yet as a law student diagnosed with narcolepsy at age 24, I’d never fallen asleep while standing. […]

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your dream doesn't have an expiraiton date take a deep breath and try again kt witten inspirational quote julie flyagre narcolepsy blogger

“Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date.Take a deep breath and try again.”-KT Witten About a year ago, one of my best friends, Gail added this quote (IN ALL CAPS) to her email signature. I smiled cause I love inspirational quotes. But then something odd happened – over the past year, I watched Gail make […]


Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Inspriational quotes julie flygare narcolepsy blog

“Let everything happen to you.Beauty and terror.Just keep going.No feeling is final.”-Rainer Maria Rilke  No feeling is final. Sleepiness, wakefulness, happiness, sadness. We are constantly shifting. This gives me solace to get through the hard times.  Inspirational Quote #4:    Inspirational Quote #5:   Inspirational Quote #6:    Inspirational Quote #7:    Inspirational Quote #8:  […]


My Time Makeover Begins

by julie on March 26, 2014

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Living with narcolepsy, prioritizing my time is essential for success. Lately, I’ve been slipping from myself and my goals. Letting the priorities/needs/issues of others fill my days leaves me unable to care for myself. I can’t help others until I help myself. I must find better balance. I must learn to say no.  “Take back […]


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“We are NOT our failures.”  A simple but important mantra!  Inspirational Quote #5: Inspirational Quote #6: Inspirational Quote #7: Inspirational Quote #8: Inspirational Quote #9: Inspirational Quote #10: Inspirational Quote #11: Inspirational Quote #12: Inspirational Quote #13:  

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i love sleep my life has the tendency to fall apart when im awake hemingway inspiring quote national sleep awareness week julie flygare project sleep

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”-Ernest Hemingway Happy Sleep Week! It’s National Sleep Awareness Week (March 2-9, 2014). This week, you can sleep in and wear your pajamas to work. Tell them I gave you permission!  ;-) Inspirational Quote #6: Inspirational Quote #7: Inspirational Quote #8: Inspirational Quote […]

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