Over the weekend, the Executive Producer of The Simpsons, Al Jean, corresponded briefly regarding the Homer Simpson narcolepsy news via Twitter.
First, he tweeted “.@thesimpsons Extremely interesting article about the true dangers of narcolepsy” to share the NY Post article on my experience with narcolepsy (re-published from Women’s Health Magazine). View the tweet here and retweet!
I responded, along with Project Sleep’s blog editor, Rebecca Fuoco. He responded to Rebecca’s tweet stating that he had read my blog post about Homer Simpson, “it’s very thoughtful and of course highly sympathetic. I can’t say what’s in the episode but it’s not what she fears.”
Al Jean’s interactions were very kind and I’m encouraged. Of course, I would love to learn more about how narcolepsy will be portrayed and I hope to see a continued dialogue as the air date approaches on Sept. 27.
I can’t thank you all for your support. This past week has been insane – there was one day that I drove to work on the phone with the Women’s Health Magazine reporter, then called a few of the scholarship recipients from the parking lot at work, then went to my full-time job at City of Hope, came home to write the Homer post and pack for Sleep Walk Dallas/Fort Worth. I wish Homer could’ve picked a different week to get narcolepsy.
That’s all for now!