Narcolepsy Symptoms

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 […]

{ 1 comment }

I wish I had a magic potion to get everyone to understand narcolepsy. In my experience, a few friends and loved ones will understand right away, others may take their sweet time, and some will never get it.   However, there is one person that you MUST get on your side: YO’SELF! It’s so cheesy and cliché, […]

{ 6 comments }

On Monday, April 9, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (MDT), please join me at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO  to hear my inspiring personal journey with narcolepsy presentation. People with sleep disorders, parents, siblings, spouses, friends, healthcare providers, educators, are ALL WELCOME, but please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-narcolepsy-support-group-featuring-guest-speaker-julie-flygare-jd-tickets-42799959832 Hope to see you there and […]

{ 0 comments }

“There are two ways we can increase the public’s understanding of narcolepsy — we can push information out or we can pull them in with our stories.” -Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Workbook People ask me: “How do I get started sharing my story?” Project Sleep’s Rising Voices of Narcolepsy program is my answer, it is leadership […]

{ 0 comments }

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 […]

{ 0 comments }

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 […]

{ 0 comments }

Guest Contributors: Emily Barker, Ph.D. and Katherine Sharkey, M.D., Ph.D. New research published in the journal Sleep Medicine suggests that lactating women who take Xyrem (sodium oxybate) to treat narcolepsy with cataplexy can time their breastfeeding to avoid exposing nursing infants to elevated levels of the drug in milk (Barker et al., 2017). Data from […]

{ 0 comments }

The Daze Before the Dream

by julie on October 18, 2017

This isn’t your average nap. Living with narcolepsy, my brain demands to go into R.E.M./dream sleep during the day. Pressure builds and I know it’s THAT time for my brain to do its thing. I get up from my cubicle & head out to my car, hoping not to run into anyone I know along […]

{ 5 comments }

I have a confession. I realized recently, “OMG, I haven’t told my Members of Congress that I have narcolepsy!!” While I consider myself a vocal advocate, I haven’t informed my legislators that I CARE about narcolepsy and sleep research and they should too. So, I’m excited to share that I will be going to Capitol Hill […]

{ 0 comments }

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 […]

{ 0 comments }