Diagnosis

Living One-Third of My Life with Narcolepsy

by julie on September 19, 2019

Twelve years ago today, I was diagnosed with a classic case of type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy, just four days after my 24th birthday. So as of today, four days after my 36th birthday, I’ve now spent one-third of my life officially as a “person with narcolepsy” (not counting the years of symptoms before diagnosis). For fun today, […]

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I was honored to be a guest on the More Happy Life Podcast with Andy Proctor recently. We talked sleep, spoons, narcolepsy, storytelling, happiness, dreams and more. Listen here. Episode description: In this episode we talk about all things sleep and much more! How does sleep impact our energy, mood, and clarity? How much sleep do […]

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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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Last week, I was thrilled to spend the afternoon with Dr. Emmanuel Mignot and Watson (Dr. Mignot’s chihuahua living with narcolepsy with cataplexy). Together, we recorded Project Sleep’s first Facebook Live video at Stanford Medical School. In this “Ask Us Anything” FB Live video, we fielded a wide variety of questions from the future of […]

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Friends! I’m super excited to share that on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. ET, Project Sleep will host a very special “Ask Us Anything” Facebook Live event, featuring myself along with Emmanuel Mignot, M.D. Ph.D., Director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, and Watson, a chihuahua with narcolepsy. We will answer as many of your […]

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One of my biggest takeaways from the APSS 2018 SLEEP Meeting last month was the great amount of drug development underway for narcolepsy! Below is a list of some of the emerging treatments “abuzz” at #SLEEP2018. These are at various stages in development, and it’s hard to predict how quickly each will advance to (hopefully) gain […]

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I’m thrilled to share some upcoming opportunities to hear me speak this April! Saturday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m. EDT: Webcast with Avadel Pharmaceuticals I’ll give a new 15-minute presentation on “Living Well with Narcolepsy.” Other experts will share about FT 218, once-nightly sodium oxybate, and the ongoing REST-ON Phase III clinical study. Clinical trials are […]

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Last month, I had the honor of giving two presentations to allied health care professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, social work experts, and sleep technologists at the Sweet Dreams & Nightmares Sleep Symposium presented by Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and the Florida Medical Association. With the west coast to east coast time change, the […]

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Hi friends! I’m so excited to share an amazing opportunity to support critical narcolepsy research THIS WEEK! My Representative, Congressman Schiff of California, is preparing to send a letter to NIH inquiring on the current size, scope, and direction of the narcolepsy portfolio (See Letters). This letter will encourage NIH to support the full spectrum of narcolepsy […]

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Meet Sarah, a mental health professional in Chicago who was diagnosed with narcolepsy in 2015 after facing years of mysterious symptoms and misdiagnoses. In this informative iBehaviorCoach Radio podcast hosted by Matt Lawson, Sarah debunks myths and raises important awareness about narcolepsy and the invisible nature of sleepiness. I eagerly tuned in to hear about Sarah’s experience […]

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