Diagnosis

As a 29-year-old, female journalist and photographer, I am accustomed to the words people use to define me; “Fearless”, “gutsy”, “courageous” are just a few. But, as a woman living with severe narcolepsy, I often struggle to reconcile these one-dimensional characterizations with my own sense of self. That disconnect was recently underscored when I announced […]

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It seems that Hollywood has a surprisingly large percentage of cases of narcolepsy, a disorder affecting 1 in 2,000 people, about 200,000 Americans and 3 million people worldwide, including many children and young adults. The latest Hollywood victim is Homer Simpson. Word on the street is he going to discover he has narcolepsy in the […]

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Tune in to the Doctors TV Show this Monday Feb. 9, I’ll be sharing my journey with narcolepsy – including sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations . See full information here. Watch TV interview online: Web exclusive extended version: Crafting an honest and accurate portrayal of narcolepsy with the Doctors TV Show was a lot of fun.  I […]

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A Day In The Life… NPR Features Narcolepsy

by julie on February 7, 2015

I’m thrilled that NPR station WHYY featured my story of narcolepsy on the radio today. Listen online here: “A Day In The Life of a Narcoleptic” by Steven Jackson. When the reporter for NPR asked to follow me around for 24 hours, I said “YES!” right away. I’m always looking to raise awareness about narcolepsy.  I am […]

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 Thank you to everyone who tuned in today for my international narcolepsy broadcast! If you missed it, watch on YouTube or below: Friends all over the US and around the world in Canada, Europe and Australia watched live! Thank you for your incredible support. Happy Suddenly Sleepy Saturday!

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Last Friday, Jan. 31, I shared my inspirational narcolepsy story at UCLA Medical School. In one hour, we laughed, cried and changed perceptions about narcolepsy in future doctors. The medical students had recently studied narcolepsy in their curriculum – briefly learning the symptoms and watching a few YouTube videos. I was honored to add my patient […]

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Narcolepsy Lunch Break Webinar

by julie on January 14, 2014

Join me this Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. ET for a very special free online event – I will be hosting a Lunch Break Educational Webinar with the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. Register here. When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET  Debunking the Narcolepsy MythA Presentation by: Julie Flygare, JD […]

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Dear Diagnosis Blogathon

by julie on October 6, 2013

If you could go back and speak to yourself on your diagnosis day, what would you say?   “Dear Diagnosis” is a Blogathon inviting all narcolepsy and chronic disease bloggers to write a letter to yourself on your diagnosis day. BLOGATHON PARTICIPANTS: An Unnatural Athlete – “Dear Jill” Norexin – “Dear Meaghan” Guest Post – […]

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This Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. EST, U.S. News will host a Twitter  on sleep health and sleep disorders. I am co-leading this event along with @USNewsHealth, @nih_nhlbi, @NIOSH, @CDCChronic, @REMRunner and @PennMedNews.  Join the conversation: http://tweetchat.com/room/sleephealth (use hashtag #sleephealth) When: Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. EST. Why: Between 50 and 70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders, which include […]

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Hello from SLEEP 2013!

by julie on June 8, 2013

This week, I attended and spoke at the APSS SLEEP Meeting, a.k.a. “the Superbowl of Sleep.” Thousands of sleep researchers and clinicians from all over the world attended this meeting on June 1-5 in Baltimore, MD. On Wednesday, I participated on a pediatric narcolepsy panel hosted by Dr. Judith Owens with pediatric specialists, other patients […]

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