Over the winter holidays, I was thrilled to visit Taiwan and meet with a leading Taiwanese narcolepsy researcher and clinician, Dr. Yu-Shu Huang. I was in Taiwan for an amazing ten-day vacation with my brother, sister-in-law and niece. After a long sleepless journey to Taiwan, I was so glad that we arrived in Taipei at their nighttime, so […]

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Guest Contributors: Emily Barker, Ph.D. and Katherine Sharkey, M.D., Ph.D. New research published in the journal Sleep Medicine suggests that lactating women who take Xyrem (sodium oxybate) to treat narcolepsy with cataplexy can time their breastfeeding to avoid exposing nursing infants to elevated levels of the drug in milk (Barker et al., 2017). Data from […]

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Hi friends! I’m so excited to share an amazing opportunity to support critical narcolepsy research THIS WEEK! My Representative, Congressman Schiff of California, is preparing to send a letter to NIH inquiring on the current size, scope, and direction of the narcolepsy portfolio (See Letters). This letter will encourage NIH to support the full spectrum of narcolepsy […]

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Jumping Into a New Chapter of My Journey

by julie on February 20, 2018

Hi friends! I’m so beyond excited to share that as of February 12, 2018, I made a huge career change and took on a new role as President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Project Sleep! Read the full announcement here. Wait, what’s the difference?   Some people have said they thought I was already serving in this […]

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Exciting news! I’m thrilled to share that Project Sleep just launched our #BeTheLight campaign in preparation for #GivingTuesday (Nov 28) and the holiday season. Project Sleep has a bold goal to raise $25,000 by December 31, 2017. The #BeTheLight campaign encourages supports to give $100 or raise $100 in support of the non-profit’s critical awareness […]

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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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I’m so excited to share my Health:Further keynote presentation video. I delivered this speech to over 1,000 healthcare professionals in Nashville, TN last year. My speeches are rarely online – so be sure to check this out!  Watch video: I shared here how mad nervous I was for this speech, but I managed to pull it off! […]

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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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