narcolepsy memoir

So This is 35…

by julie on September 30, 2018

September was a whirlwind and somewhere in there, I turned 35. So now it’s been 11 years since I was diagnosed with type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy and five years since I moved to Los Angeles and founded Project Sleep. Where the heck did the first half of my 30s go? A few flashbacks come […]

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Join Me in Sydney! Narcolepsy Australia Event

by julie on September 26, 2018

Join Us In Sydney! I’m so excited to head to Sydney, Australia for the “Insight” Peer Event on October 13, 2018 hosted by Narcolepsy Australia! Only a few spots left, so register today: https://register.narcolepsyaustralia.org.au/. I’m preparing a new presentation for this speaking engagement – with exciting updates since I last visited to keynote the Narcolepsy Australia conference […]

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Please join Project Sleep in Boston for “Innovations in Narcolepsy Awareness” on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the NonProfit Center (89 South Street, Boston, MA – one block from South Station). This one-day meeting and interactive workshop will empower and educate advocates while also advancing novel approaches to educating the public […]

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Friends, I’m so honored to be a speaker on an upcoming webinar, “Translating the Patient Story into Action” taking place on Wednesday, August 22nd at 2:00 p.m. ET.  Please register today to save your spot! This event is hosted by the Society for Participatory Medicine, one of my very favorite organizations ever. The Society for Participatory Medicine […]

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I recently returned from Sweden, where I was honored to be the keynote speaker at a narcolepsy event hosted by Narkolepsi Föreningen, an association for people affected by narcolepsy due to the Pandemrix vaccine against swine flu in 2009-2010 and their relatives.  The retreat took place on May 11-13, 2018, but I traveled to Sweden a week early […]

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Last month, I had the honor of giving two presentations to allied health care professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, social work experts, and sleep technologists at the Sweet Dreams & Nightmares Sleep Symposium presented by Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and the Florida Medical Association. With the west coast to east coast time change, the […]

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Over the winter holidays, I was thrilled to visit Taiwan and meet with a leading Taiwanese narcolepsy researcher and clinician, Dr. Yu-Shu Huang. I was in Taiwan for an amazing ten-day vacation with my brother, sister-in-law and niece. After a long sleepless journey to Taiwan, I was so glad that we arrived in Taipei at their nighttime, so […]

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Up/Lifted Podcast Featuring Narcolepsy

by julie on July 9, 2017

I’m honored to be the first female guest on the Up/Lifted Podcast this week! Up/Lifted is a cool new podcast hosted by Arin Gragossian about “personal history, pivotal moments, & honest stories. And sometimes lifting massive amounts of weight.” On this show, Arin and I did NOT lift weights, but talked living with invisible chronic health conditions, narcolepsy, Project […]

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I’m so excited to share my Health:Further keynote presentation video. I delivered this speech to over 1,000 healthcare professionals in Nashville, TN last year. My speeches are rarely online – so be sure to check this out!  Watch video: I shared here how mad nervous I was for this speech, but I managed to pull it off! […]

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CNN Article on My Marathon with Narcolepsy

by julie on April 27, 2017

I’m thrilled to share CNN Health’s feature article Runner: Having narcolepsy is harder than a marathon. This Sleep Awareness Week, please share with your friends and family to raise critical narcolepsy awareness. Working with CNN on this piece was particularly meaningful. I first spoke with the reporter, Maria, in January two months before the race after she’d read […]

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