narcolepsy educational tools

I’m SO honored that New York Times writer and editor, Phyllis Korkki features my story in her new book The Big Thing: How to Complete Your Creative Project Even If You’re a Lazy, Self-Doubting Procrastinator Like Me, published by Harper on August 9, 2016. Never in a million years did I imagine that Wide Awake and Dreaming would be featured […]

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I received the following comment on my recent blog post and wanted to respond here. ************ Dear N. Leptic, Thank you for taking an interest in learning more about my experience with narcolepsy. First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your challenging experience with narcolepsy. It sounds like you are facing some very real and significant […]

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This month, Project Sleep announced Rising Voices of Narcolepsy ℠, a leadership training program to help people with narcolepsy effectively share their stories through public speaking and writing with local communities, healthcare providers, news outlets, blogs and beyond. On a personal note, this is a huge dream come true for me. It’s such a joy to use my seven years of experience […]

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Speaking in Italy!

by julie on June 26, 2016

This September 23-24, I will travel to Italy to speak at a very special 20th anniversary party of A.I.N. (Associazione Italiana Narcolettici e Ipersonni) in Bologna. Other featured speakers will include Dr. Emmanuel Mignot from Stanford (USA) and Prof. Jean-Charles Schwartz from Paris (France). While there will be live translation, I’m hoping to brush up […]

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Check out this amazing depiction of terrifying symptom of ‪#‎narcolepsy‬ called CATAPLEXY – created by Eleanor of Falling Asleep: A Narcolepsy Guidebook. Please note: this character is fully conscious and awake yet crumbling to the ground paralyzed. It’s terrifying.   For more infographics, blogs and resources: www.falling-asleep.com Commentary by Julie Flygare: I was 22 when my knees fight buckled while […]

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Check out this fun podcast! I was so honored to be featured on “Just Talking Podcast” with Christopher Snider. I met Chris at MedX, he is the creator of mydiabetessecret.com and an incredible role model and ePatient leader who is shining a bright light on the power of the patient voice. It’s funny when someone you look […]

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Writing for me is time-traveling. On January 16, 2012, I sipped a steaming hot soy latte at my favorite coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia, cued up the classical piano in my headphones and closed my eyes. Here we go!  On this day, my time-traveling destination was a hotel room in Albany, New York – four years earlier. The subject […]

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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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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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On Friday, I was so surprised to be awarded a Values In Action (VIA) award for “Excellence” at work! As I approached the stage, the presenter read the comments from my nomination: Julie is always excited to take on any new task. She approaches her work with enthusiasm, regardless of how big or small the assignment is. […]

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