Overcoming Adversity

Join me for a very special FREE ONLINE EVENT! This Sunday, May 10th at 8:00 p.m. EDT, tune in to Project Sleep’s Facebook Page to hear my inspiring narcolepsy presentation and to read a few favorite passages from my memoir. Full details about the broadcast. I’ve presented this around the world in Italy, Ireland, Sweden, […]

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Exciting News! Giving a TEDx Talk in San Diego

by julie on January 27, 2020

SO beyond excited to share this news: I’ll speak at TEDxSDSU on March 22, 2020 in San Diego, CA! Giving a TEDx talk has been a major life goal for about 7 years now, when i put it in my art journal as one of my major aspirations. And I’ve applied to many over the […]

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Living One-Third of My Life with Narcolepsy

by julie on September 19, 2019

Twelve years ago today, I was diagnosed with a classic case of type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy, just four days after my 24th birthday. So as of today, four days after my 36th birthday, I’ve now spent one-third of my life officially as a “person with narcolepsy” (not counting the years of symptoms before diagnosis). For fun today, […]

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Warning: you may NOT like this post, but here goes a 5 Things You Might Not Know About Me – including drinking & driving with narcolepsy (but not at the same time): 1. My car is named Delicious. There’s a minor character named Delicious in my fav Curb Your Enthusiasm episode and around that time […]

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One year ago, I texted my best friend: “I’m going to quit my job now. Please don’t let me become homeless.” She reassured me I’d be okay. So, I stepped into my boss’ office with legs shaking, and jumped out into the most surreal section of my professional life. Feb 12th will officially mark one […]

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I’m thrilled to share Project Sleep’s new narcolepsy awareness video series. These videos feature five of our Rising Voices of Narcolepsy speakers sharing their personal stories, interwoven with key narcolepsy facts. I hope you will be as moved as I am by these brave stories and share them today: WATCH NOW SHARE ON FACEBOOK TWEET IT   Why […]

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2018: My Year in Review

by julie on December 29, 2018

2018 was a year unlike any other. I invested in a few new suitcases, which helped me get around easier since I don’t think I’ve ever traveled so much in one year. Here are some highlights, challenges, favorite reads, lessons learned and dreams for the new year! Highlights of 2018: Taking the leap to become the […]

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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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