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One of the best parts of the Griffith Park Trial Marathon took place about 10 days BEFORE the race. Arriving home from work one night around 8:00 p.m., I was totally drained and wanted to call it a night, but I had to go running. Ugh. I’d run over 270 miles in four months, and only had […]

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Weekend Plans? Sleep In to Raise Awareness!

by julie on March 10, 2017

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After running Griffith Park Trail Marathon last weekend, I couldn’t be any more excited for Sleep In 2017 (#SleepIn2017) this weekend! Please join me by staying in bed for 12-48 hours to raise awareness about sleep health and sleep disorders. Yep, you heard me right… The challenge is to REST and SLEEP. Register here and invite your friends and family to […]

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On Saturday, March 4, 2017, I took on the Griffith Park Trail Marathon as a person with narcolepsy to raise funds for Project Sleep’s Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship. As I said here, I was nervous and uncertain. On the morning of the race, I woke up lethargic and stiff, but I showed up. I had […]

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Four months ago, I had the “crazy idea” of signing up for the Griffith Park Trail Marathon. When I signed up, I actually thought I had five months to prepare, when I only had four… What can I say, math isn’t my strong suit. Maybe I should’ve quit then, but if you know me, I’m pretty determined/stubborn. […]

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Meet Sarah, a mental health professional in Chicago who was diagnosed with narcolepsy in 2015 after facing years of mysterious symptoms and misdiagnoses. In this informative iBehaviorCoach Radio podcast hosted by Matt Lawson, Sarah debunks myths and raises important awareness about narcolepsy and the invisible nature of sleepiness. I eagerly tuned in to hear about Sarah’s experience […]

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Two weeks ago, I set out for my longest steepest training run yet to prepare for Griffith Park Trail Marathon on March 4th. I documented my 17.4 mile marathon training experience via Instagram Story and it was so fun, I had to share here: I hope you enjoyed coming along my training run with me! […]

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When I hit “publish” on this post, I will be sharing something I’ve been scared to tell you. So here it goes… On March 4th, I will take on the greatest athletic challenge of my life – the Griffith Park Trail Marathon. Will you support me? This beastly race is 26.2 miles while also climbing 3,669 feet […]

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Teaching Class at Stanford Medical School

by julie on December 27, 2016

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Recently, I got to teach the Engage & Empower Me class at Stanford Medical School. I shared my story of narcolepsy and founding Project Sleep to make sleep cool, then the students conducted a design-thinking challenge on promoting healthy sleep habits for college students. The students came up with AWESOME project concepts. Also they taught […]

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Raising Narcolepsy Awareness in Italy!

by julie on November 13, 2016

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On Saturday Sept. 24, 2016, I stood outside the fancy lecture hall at the University of Bologna in Italy, fidgeting with nerves. I picked up my headset for the “live translation” system that would be my lifeline for the day. Traveling to Italy to speak at the 20th Anniversary of AIN (Associazione Italiana Narcolettici e […]

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The Magic of MedX 2016

by julie on October 20, 2016

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On my birthday, I traveled to San Francisco to participate in my favorite conference, Stanford Medicine X 2016! On Thursday, Sept 15, I participated in two interesting workshops and then the full conference took place Friday Sept 16 – Sunday Sept 18. Although this was only my second year attending MedX, it felt like a […]

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