Overcoming Adversity

Re-Discovering Halloween with Narcolepsy

by julie on December 5, 2016

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Nine Halloweens ago, I felt like a “monster” – lacking the energy and health to play the role of the fun fabulous party host I wanted to be. At the time, I was a few weeks into my narcolepsy diagnosis and struggling terribly to adjust. Check out chapter 11 of my memoir, Wide Awake and Dreaming: […]

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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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I felt a scratch in my throat at Stanford’s Medicine X conference.  Flying to Italy, pressure spread across my forehead. Waking early the next morning in Bologna, a breeze swirled in through my open hotel window. I smiled and then I coughed… And coughed… And coughed. It was official. I was sick. In Italy.   How could […]

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Wow, the last month has been one of the busiest of my life, but all great stuff (as I try to remind myself when I feel overwhelmed). Now, it’s time to catch you up on what’s been happening! Once I heard about the possibility of speaking at Health:Further on August 24 to over 1,000 healthcare professionals in Nashville, […]

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I received the following comment on my recent blog post and wanted to respond here. ************ Dear N. Leptic, Thank you for taking an interest in learning more about my experience with narcolepsy. First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your challenging experience with narcolepsy. It sounds like you are facing some very real and significant […]

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I’m thrilled to share CBS News Los Angeles’ awesome segment on my experience with narcolepsy. Please WATCH & SHARE (http://cbsloc.al/291UTw6): On Monday June 27, this segment aired during the 5 o’clock evening news, highlighting my sleepiness, cataplexy, and the challenges napping as an adult.  The news piece also mentioned my non-profit, Project Sleep, my book “Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy” […]

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On June 2, 2016, I had the honor of attending the White House/Stanford Medicine X workshop, “Engaging Participants as Partners in Research”, as part of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. This event far exceeded my wildest expectations. But first, some context. It’s Gonna Be a Good Day: The day before going to the White House, on […]

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This week, I received a very special invitation from the WHITE HOUSE! I am so honored to share that on June 2, 2016, I will join the Medicine X and EveryoneIncluded™ family of rockstar advocates and innovators at the White House for an important discussion on patients as equal partners in research, a core goal of President Obama’s […]

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Recently, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ star Jeremy Renner said that he wanted to be “Captain Narcolepsy… so he could nap whenever he wanted” on Live! with Kelly and Michael. Afterward, many people with narcolepsy and their supporters took to social media to respond. One particular response caught my attention – written by Wendy Ellsworth, a 34-year-old registered nurse living […]

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Foot-Massage

During lunchtime today, I went to my nap room at work, cuddled up into my lovely blanket from Ireland and quickly fell asleep. Next thing, I awoke to the most AMAZING foot massage!! Oh la la. My feet were sore from intense yoga classes over the weekend, so I really appreciated the free yummy foot massage from…. um…. my phantom foot […]

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