Sleep

The Daze Before the Dream

by julie on October 18, 2017

This isn’t your average nap. Living with narcolepsy, my brain demands to go into R.E.M./dream sleep during the day. Pressure builds and I know it’s THAT time for my brain to do its thing. I get up from my cubicle & head out to my car, hoping not to run into anyone I know along […]

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I have a confession. I realized recently, “OMG, I haven’t told my Members of Congress that I have narcolepsy!!” While I consider myself a vocal advocate, I haven’t informed my legislators that I CARE about narcolepsy and sleep research and they should too. So, I’m excited to share that I will be going to Capitol Hill […]

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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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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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On Saturday, March 25, I was honored to give my narcolepsy presentation at Hoag Health’s Sleep Symposium in Irvine, CA. Because I work full-time with a long commute, I got home fairly late on Friday night and started counting backward from when I was supposed to be in Irvine on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. The […]

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I’m so excited to give my narcolepsy presentation this Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Hoag Neurosciences Institute’s Sleep Symposium in Irvine, CA. The event is FREE and open to the public, register here to save your spot! The event kicks of at 9:00 a.m. in the Hoag Hospital Irvine Auditorium. I speak from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. and I’ll be […]

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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

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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Teaching Class at Stanford Medical School

by julie on December 27, 2016

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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This fall, I was BUSY spreading narcolepsy awareness to doctors, medical students and researchers across the country. Upon returning from Italy, I started back at my full-time job in pancreatic cancer advocacy first thing the next morning. The following evening, I traveled to UCLA Medical School to give my narcolepsy presentation for first-year medical students […]

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