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Today, the new feature film, Ode to Joy opens in select theaters (in New York and Los Angeles) and releases via video on demand across the United States. Ode to Joy is a movie about a man, Charlie (played by Martin Freeman) navigating romance while living with narcolepsy with cataplexy. I was not involved in the development […]

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LET’S PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999: Twenty years ago today, a dog named Kahlua was on the cover of the journal Cell. Kahlua was a doberman pinscher with canine narcolepsy and an important piece of history. Today marks 20 years since Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, and his team at Stanford University published their key paper […]

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Listen Now: CALM + COZY podcast interview

by julie on July 31, 2019

Apparently I felt comfortable and a bit snarky on the day that I recorded this CALM + COZY podcast interview with the amazing host, Beth Wyatt (@sleepcoachbeth on IG), because I’m pretty honest and animated here! Beth asked great questions that led to unique conversations not part of my usual “talking points” repertoire. My favorite discussion […]

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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Claire Crisp, Executive Director of Wake Up Narcolepsy (WUN), to record an interview for WUN’s Narcolepsy 360 podcast. This was a meaningful experience and a lot fun to share this conversation with Claire, who is an amazing leader, advocate and friend in the narcolepsy […]

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Seattle: I’m so excited to visit soon for three speaking engagements! 1.) Speaking Advocacy at the Hypersomnia Education Meeting I’m extremely honored that the Hypersomnia Foundation has invited me to speak about Project Sleep’s Advocacy at their upcoming Hypersomnia Education Meeting on Saturday, June 29, 2019, taking place from 10am – 3pm at the Seattle […]

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Friends, I’m thrilled to share the news that Project Sleep is co-hosting a unique one-day event in Austin, TX with the Austin Narcolepsy Support Group on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please join us for the Central Texas Narcolepsy Forum – see the full details and register today!  Why am I […]

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Speaking at Narcolepsy UK Conference 2019!

by julie on April 25, 2019

Honored to share the news that I’ll be a featured speaker at the Narcolepsy UK Annual Conference in Manchester on Sept. 7-8, 2019. I’m so excited to share my story at this event and meet people in the UK who already feel like old friends. Read Narcolepsy UK’s announcement and register today! I’ll never forget receiving the […]

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Today, Project Sleep issued the following public statement after receiving many questions from community members about the upcoming feature-length movie, Ode to Joy. Project Sleep’s Public Statement: Narcolepsy Portrayal in Film, Ode to Joy Los Angeles, CA, April 10, 2019 — Project Sleep would like to inform our supporters and the narcolepsy community that we are aware […]

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I was scared. I didn’t know if you’d come with me on this path. We’d JUST finished the incredible record-breaking Sleep In 2019 campaign, with many of you giving time and spoons to support Project Sleep. The very next day, I learned that our advocacy moment had arrived — yay!! But with a really quick turnaround […]

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“One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began…” — Mary Oliver, The Journey Ten years ago, I ended my silence. I started writing a memoir about narcolepsy and moved to DC to begin advocating. The last decade has been a whirlwind, the lowest of lows and highest of highs, and all […]

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