Memoir

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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For one week, download Kindle version of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy for just $0.99. To inspire more readers this holiday season, I’ve discounted my e-book from $8.99 to $0.99. Please share or gift this to friends and family members. Together, we are building a brighter future for narcolepsy, and I’m so grateful for your support! Purchase […]

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I’m thrilled to share my 5-minute Ignite! Talk from Stanford Medicine X 2015. Please share with friends and family to raise narcolepsy awareness (https://youtu.be/MXTd8xd_f8s). In this video, I describe my journey with narcolepsy from people laughing in my face to living proudly and creating the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign. I emphasize how feeling “misunderstood and alone” with […]

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On Sept. 1 – 3, I had the extraordinary opportunity to speak at UCLA Medical school three nights in a row, sharing my inspiring narcolepsy journey with 120 first-year medical students and a dozen faculty members. The first-year students were just days into their medical education – energetic and eager to learn! I spoke as part of the students’ required […]

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Recently, I traveled to Atlanta to speak at the Hypersomnia Conference 2015. The conference featured a great variety of support groups and fantastic presentations by medical leaders, educational experts, patient advocates and a disabilities attorney. Uniquely, the conference also included hypersomnia, narcolepsy and KLS speakers and attendees, so we could share and learn from each […]

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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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I’m thrilled to share my Disruptive Innovations interview with the Conference Forum’s Exec. Director, Valerie Bowling. This fun discussion on narcolepsy, FDA and Project Sleep was filmed before my speech at the TCF’s Disruptive Innovations Conference in Boston, MA on Sept. 11, 2014. Thank you so much to Valerie and the Conference Forum’s team for […]

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Thank you to everyone who submitted new NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE photos during the First Birthday Giveaway Contest! I finally just drew the winners: Rayanne in the UK Kellie in Florida Suzy in Australia Congratulations! I will mail your prize-packs this week with over $60 worth of narcolepsy awareness gear including: 2 new infographic posters (one for you and […]

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Sleep took me hostage…

by julie on June 20, 2014

On Sunday, sleep took me hostage at the exact moment I was to leave to give a big speech at Toastmasters. I woke up with absolutely no time to prepare and ran out the door with Alex buttoning my blouse for me cause I didn’t even notice it wasn’t buttoned. Frantic, I drove 5 miles […]

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