Narcolepsy at Work

On June 2, 2016, I had the honor of attending the White House/Stanford Medicine X workshop, “Engaging Participants as Partners in Research”, as part of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. This event far exceeded my wildest expectations. But first, some context. It’s Gonna Be a Good Day: The day before going to the White House, on […]

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Recently, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ star Jeremy Renner said that he wanted to be “Captain Narcolepsy… so he could nap whenever he wanted” on Live! with Kelly and Michael. Afterward, many people with narcolepsy and their supporters took to social media to respond. One particular response caught my attention – written by Wendy Ellsworth, a 34-year-old registered nurse living […]

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During lunchtime today, I went to my nap room at work, cuddled up into my lovely blanket from Ireland and quickly fell asleep. Next thing, I awoke to the most AMAZING foot massage!! Oh la la. My feet were sore from intense yoga classes over the weekend, so I really appreciated the free yummy foot massage from…. um…. my phantom foot […]

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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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Nap Shame. I’ve got it. Do you?

by julie on February 13, 2016

In this short audio clip, I explore my feelings of shame and embarrassment around taking a nap at work. (Also available here) Do you have nap shame or are you an empowered napper? I want to hear your thoughts!

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Don’t miss this highly captivating post Becoming a Doctor with Narcolepsy, now published on Project Sleep’s website. The author is a third year medical student diagnosed with narcolepsy a year and a half ago, after suffering symptoms since age 15. In this moving reflection, the medical student contemplates a tough decision: whether or not to disclose her diagnosis […]

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Scariest Moment of 2015: I gave 12 presentations in 2015, but by far the most intimidating was my 5-minute ignite talk at Stanford Medicine X. My legs trembled stepping on stage in front of this prestigious group of healthcare innovators. I’d prepared for months, but still totally blanked mid-speech, making for a dramatic pause…….. But I did it and I’m […]

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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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After my boss and leadership got even more involved – the nap room situation improved quickly. (Read Part I and Part II of this story.) Nap Bench on the Move: The nap bench was moved again, this time to a small room on the second floor along a nice secluded quiet hallway. The door’s sign was changed to Wellness Room. […]

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In December 2014, our office moved from Downtown Los Angeles to Irwindale, CA. My commute went from 7 miles to 25 miles. At the same time, our office environment went from private offices to cubicles. To be fair – I was well informed about this before I signed up for the job. (Read Part I […]

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