narcolepsy memoir

Re-Discovering Halloween with Narcolepsy

by julie on December 5, 2016

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Nine Halloweens ago, I felt like a “monster” – lacking the energy and health to play the role of the fun fabulous party host I wanted to be. At the time, I was a few weeks into my narcolepsy diagnosis and struggling terribly to adjust. Check out chapter 11 of my memoir, Wide Awake and Dreaming: […]

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A Message to the Narcolepsy Community in Italy!

by julie on November 14, 2016

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REMRunner’s Note: This post is in Italian for the amazing friends I met during my recent trip to Bologna. To read about my trip in English, check out part I and part II.  Ciao amici, Grazie per avermi accolto nel vostro paese. E’ stato così meraviglioso incontrarvi e passare la giornata con voi al 20° anniversario dell’AIN (Associazione […]

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Narcolepsy Advocate in Neurology Now Magazine

by julie on October 12, 2016

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Hot off the presses! I’m proud to be featured in Neurology Now’s article, Self Diagnose Successfully, on becoming an empowered and informed patient. I love Neurology Now magazine but narcolepsy isn’t included much, so I am thrilled to help raise some narcolepsy awareness with this neurology audience. Also, it’s super cool that my MedX friend, Matthew Might is […]

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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 Monday, August 8, my presentation, “I Have Narcolepsy. Do You?” will air to tens of thousands of online viewers as part of the Sleep Success Summit. Register for free today. The Sleep Success Summit is a free online event (August 8-15), featuring over 30 experts discussing a wide range of sleep health and sleep disorder topics. With tens of thousands of viewers expected […]

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I’m thrilled to share CBS News Los Angeles’ awesome segment on my experience with narcolepsy. Please WATCH & SHARE (http://cbsloc.al/291UTw6): On Monday June 27, this segment aired during the 5 o’clock evening news, highlighting my sleepiness, cataplexy, and the challenges napping as an adult.  The news piece also mentioned my non-profit, Project Sleep, my book “Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy” […]

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Speaking in Italy!

by julie on June 26, 2016

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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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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 appeared on Live! with Kelly & Michael, stating, “I want to be Captain… Narcolepsy… I just want to nap whenever I want to nap.” Kelly adds, “My husband already beat you to it. We call it mark-olepsy.” [Everyone laughs…] Watch here (comment is at 6:45): My opinion: In reaction, I […]

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