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“Soooo, you can just, like, fall asleep?!” This video moved me to tears. Please watch and share Kara Sulzer’s powerful spoken word poetry on living with narcolepsy. Kara cuts right to the heart of so many key aspects of living with narcolepsy so quickly, discussing the symptoms, the social misperceptions and the BEST question she […]

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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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Last month, I gave one of my favorite presentations at the 10th Biennial Pediatric Sleep Medicine Conference hosted by my alma mater, Brown University. My “TED-style talk” had two key messages: Prescribing social support to people with narcolepsy, Partnering with patients, patient leaders and organizations to develop patient-centered research toward recognizing and addressing stigma. I’d spent […]

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Two people with narcolepsy. Double the insight! A few minutes into recording, I realized I’d never recorded a podcast with a fellow person with narcolepsy before. This interview with Leyla Sarper for the “Present Not Perfect” podcast was such a neat experience. I’m super excited to share this with you today! Listen now on Spotify here. […]

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“One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began…” — Mary Oliver, The Journey Ten years ago, I ended my silence. I started writing a memoir about narcolepsy and moved to DC to begin advocating. The last decade has been a whirlwind, the lowest of lows and highest of highs, and all […]

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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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“We are witnessing a revolution of our understanding of narcolepsy.” – Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, M.D. Ph.D., Director of the Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, Stanford University 2018 was an exciting year for narcolepsy research and drug development. Here’s my top six research highlights of 2018 that you should know about! 1. Narcolepsy & 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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Friends! I’m super excited to share that on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. ET, Project Sleep will host a very special “Ask Us Anything” Facebook Live event, featuring myself along with Emmanuel Mignot, M.D. Ph.D., Director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, and Watson, a chihuahua with narcolepsy. We will answer as many of your […]

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Friends, I’m so honored to be a speaker on an upcoming webinar, “Translating the Patient Story into Action” taking place on Wednesday, August 22nd at 2:00 p.m. ET.  Please register today to save your spot! This event is hosted by the Society for Participatory Medicine, one of my very favorite organizations ever. The Society for Participatory Medicine […]

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