narcolepsy memoir

Just Talking Narcolepsy Podcast Christopher Snider Julie Flygare

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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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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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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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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Narcolepsy ePatient Medicine X Julie Flygare Video

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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REM Runner’s Note: On Sept. 24, 2015, I had the huge honor of stepping on the MedX main stage at Stanford Medical School to give an ePatient Ignite Talk. This is (more-or-less) what I said:  ************ Diagnosed with narcolepsy at age 24, I was excited to tell my friends and family. Finally! I had legitimate medical terms […]

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What would you say if you only had 5 minutes to speak? This question haunted me all year. See, some girls dream about their wedding day. Others dream about speaking at MedX. Or maybe that’s just me, but the main stage of Stanford’s Medicine X has been a dream of mine – the holy grail of […]

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Goosebumps raised on my arms as we shuffled into the fake hospital exam room at Stanford Medical School. I hate hospital exam rooms, even fake ones apparently! About twenty of us lined the walls to watch two simulation exercises. Patient wears doctor’s white coat: In the first simulation, a real-life patient played a “doctor”, wearing a […]

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homer simpson narcolepsy not alone

When the Simpsons premieres tonight at 8pm ET/PT,  Homer will get “narcolepsy”. I’m thrilled to report that Executive Producer, Al Jean tweeted me: “The episode was modified somewhat after I read the extremely compelling article you wrote. Not sure you will be 100% happy…” Thank you, Al Jean and the Simpsons  for thoughtfully reading and modifying […]

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Living in Silence: Eight years ago today, on Sept. 18, 2007, I was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy, a serious chronic neurological disorder of the sleep/wake cycle. I told friends and family right away. Finally, I had scientific words to describe my mysterious symptoms. But I hated people’s reactions. Some acted as if I’d said […]

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