Overcoming Adversity

Hollywood’s portrayals of narcolepsy are notoriously inaccurate. For one day, the script was different, thanks to Suffering the Silence, AwesomenessTV and Visible. I was so proud to represent narcolepsy in this cool new video! Watch Video: Hello Hollywood! The morning of the Suffering the Silence filming and photo shoot, I arrived at the fancy AwesomenessTV studio in […]

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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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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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I’m extremely honored to be featured in Giving Tuesday’s #WomenWhoGive campaign series. which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities. However, when I read the interview questions, I sighed heavily. “What inspired you to start giving?” What inspired me? How could I answer this “nicely” when this is what came to mind: I […]

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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, […]

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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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Jumping Into a New Chapter of My Journey

by julie on February 20, 2018

Hi friends! I’m so beyond excited to share that as of February 12, 2018, I made a huge career change and took on a new role as President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Project Sleep! Read the full announcement here. Wait, what’s the difference?   Some people have said they thought I was already serving in this […]

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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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