On Oct. 18 – 20, I attended the Annual Narcolepsy Network Conference in Atlanta, GA, where I led four sessions along with selling and signing books. It was a whirlwind weekend – catching up with old friends and meeting new friends.
The conference had a fantastic line-up of narcolepsy researchers and clinicians. These doctors were thrilled to support the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign!
Dr. Michael Thorpy
Dr. Thomas Scammell
Dr. David Rye
Dr. Todd Swick
My boyfriend, Alex joined me for the second year in a row – he co-led a session with me, took photos and helped at my book table. His support, patience and enthusiasm means the world to me.
I really enjoyed my four presentations this year, including:
- “Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy” – From a Dream to Reality
Description: Author Julie Flygare will share challenges, successes and tips from her writing and publishing process. She will read select passages from her memoir and answer questions from readers and aspiring writers.
- Narcolepsy Advocacy Update on the FDA Patient Focused Initiative (co-leaders Julie Flygare and Mark Patterson)
Description: Learn about the FDA’s Patient Focused Drug Development Initiative (PFDDI) and narcolepsy’s inclusion in the program. Julie and Mark will recap the Sept 24, 2013 FDA Narcolepsy Meeting, provide guidance for writing comments to FDA by Nov. 24, 2013 and explain where we go from here.
- Communicating Narcolepsy in Everyday Life
Description: Together, we will explore strategies for communicating effectively about narcolepsy in everyday life with family, friends, doctors, co-workers, teachers, peers and strangers alike. These invaluable tools will empower you to speak proudly about your experience with narcolepsy.
- Narcolepsy and Your Social Life (for Young Adults)
Description: As a young adult, narcolepsy can have a huge impact on your friendships and dating life. We will talk through issues like finding supportive friends, breaking plans when we aren’t feeling well, medication, drinking/not drinking, disclosing narcolepsy on dates, etc. This session offers support and tips for building positive supportive relationships with friends and significant others.
Thank you for attending my sessions, visiting my book table and posing for NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE photos. I was overwhelmed by your love, kindness and gratitude and I will cherish these memories forever. For those unable to join us, we missed you and hope to see you next year in Denver, Colorado!
View additional conference photos in the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE gallery.
(Photography by Alex Withrow)