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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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While crossing the finish line of the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon was an awesome moment, my biggest prize came yesterday when Project Sleep gave out TEN scholarships to students with narcolepsy through the Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship program. Meet the 2015 Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship Recipients: View Scholarship Awards Announcement View/Download […]



Over the weekend, the Executive Producer of The Simpsons, Al Jean, corresponded briefly regarding the Homer Simpson narcolepsy news via Twitter. First, he tweeted “.@thesimpsons Extremely interesting article about the true dangers of narcolepsy” to share the NY Post article on my experience with narcolepsy (re-published from Women’s Health Magazine). View the tweet here and retweet! I responded, […]


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It seems that Hollywood has a surprisingly large percentage of cases of narcolepsy, a disorder affecting 1 in 2,000 people, about 200,000 Americans and 3 million people worldwide, including many children and young adults. The latest Hollywood victim is Homer Simpson. Word on the street is he going to discover he has narcolepsy in the […]



by julie on June 12, 2015

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As I crossed the start line of the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon, runners started passing me. I laughed when a pack of Elvis(s) passed me. Typical. “Slow and steady. No one to beat. Nothing to prove,” I told myself. My shirt was drenched with sweat within 3 miles. Soon my hands raisined and […]


Narcolepsy Flyer Julie Flygare NSU CE Event Speaker

I leave for Australia in a few days, where I’ll be a keynote speaker at the Inaugural Narcolepsy Patient Conference hosted by NSG Australia. After returning from Australia, I’ll be taking off for Fort Lauderdale! I’ve been invited to speak at Nova Southeastern University on May 8th for their Grand Rounds and a Continuing Education (CE) […]


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Happy Sleep Week, friends! This National Sleep Awareness Week, I can’t wait for Project Sleep’s first-ever international SLEEP IN (#SLEEPIN2015). On March 6-8, we will be taking to our beds to raise awareness about sleep health and sleep disorders while fundraising for Project Sleep. Let’s make PEACE with SLEEP! Sign up today: Full details: I truly cannot […]

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Four lovely ladies walk into a photo booth, one has narcolepsy with cataplexy, her name is Sally. Something is funny and as Sally laughs, the camera perfectly captures the stages of her cataplexy attack. Sally (top-middle) describes: This was a photo booth at a friend’s wedding that takes a photo every 5 seconds. The three other ladies […]


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Tune in to the Doctors TV Show this Monday Feb. 9, I’ll be sharing my journey with narcolepsy – including sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations . See full information here. Watch TV interview online: Web exclusive extended version: Crafting an honest and accurate portrayal of narcolepsy with the Doctors TV Show was a lot of fun.  I […]