Cataplexy

Photo by Howie Stern

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, I took on the Griffith Park Trail Marathon as a person with narcolepsy to raise funds for Project Sleep’s Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship. As I said here, I was nervous and uncertain. On the morning of the race, I woke up lethargic and stiff, but I showed up. I had […]

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I’m thrilled to share CBS News Los Angeles’ awesome segment on my experience with narcolepsy. Please WATCH & SHARE (http://cbsloc.al/291UTw6): On Monday June 27, this segment aired during the 5 o’clock evening news, highlighting my sleepiness, cataplexy, and the challenges napping as an adult.  The news piece also mentioned my non-profit, Project Sleep, my book “Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy” […]

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Check out this amazing depiction of terrifying symptom of ‪#‎narcolepsy‬ called CATAPLEXY – created by Eleanor of Falling Asleep: A Narcolepsy Guidebook. Please note: this character is fully conscious and awake yet crumbling to the ground paralyzed. It’s terrifying.   For more infographics, blogs and resources: www.falling-asleep.com Commentary by Julie Flygare: I was 22 when my knees fight buckled while […]

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Narcolepsy ePatient Medicine X Julie Flygare Video

I’m thrilled to share my 5-minute Ignite! Talk from Stanford Medicine X 2015. Please share with friends and family to raise narcolepsy awareness (https://youtu.be/MXTd8xd_f8s). In this video, I describe my journey with narcolepsy from people laughing in my face to living proudly and creating the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign. I emphasize how feeling “misunderstood and alone” with […]

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REM Runner’s note: Recently, Elaine of Chica Siesta joined the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign. After reading her beautiful blog, I asked her to share in a guest post here. Please enjoy Elaine’s powerful and fresh voice. Read more at chicasiesta.wordpress.com.  Syncopation – by Elaine Golden Recently, my friends and I went swing dancing at a jazz club […]

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Four lovely ladies walk into a photo booth, one has narcolepsy with cataplexy, her name is Sally. Something is funny and as Sally laughs, the camera perfectly captures the stages of her cataplexy attack. Sally (top-middle) describes: This was a photo booth at a friend’s wedding that takes a photo every 5 seconds. The three other ladies […]

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Viral Narcolepsy with Cataplexy Video

by julie on October 22, 2014

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A video of a young woman with narcolepsy and cataplexy has gone viral. Watch below or on YouTube. This is a powerful video and I am grateful to Sarah Elizabeth for bravely sharing her experience! Sarah Elizabeth is primarily experiencing a narcolepsy symptom called cataplexy here. Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle tone, resulting in […]

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Narcolepsy Mobile App

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder of the sleep/wake cycle affecting 1 in every 2,000 people. As a person with narcolepsy, it can be overwhelming to explain the symptoms and affects on life. Typical Questions about Narcolepsy and Simple Answers: Provided by Julie Flygare’s Narcolepsy Mobile App – FREE download today! Q: What is narcolepsy?A: Narcolepsy is a neurological […]

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In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, the top 10 things you didn’t know about narcolepsy:  10. It’s not like the moviesRat Race, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and Moulin Rouge feature comical characters with narcolepsy. Falling asleep mid-sentence may happen in real-life, but it’s not the typical everyday experience. Narcolepsy is more than sleepiness, involving other serious […]

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I’m so thrilled to share Harvard Medical School’s new Narcolepsy Website – a fantastic user-friendly resource for patients and supporters alike. There are videos, PDFs and basic information about narcolepsy symptoms, diagnosis and treatment along with suggestions for living well with narcolepsy – including tips for daily life, school, work and safety.  I had the […]

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