Live Book Events: Reading Narcolepsy Memoir
This Thursday! Join me for the FIRST-EVER online live reading of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy! I will go LIVE via my Instagram (@REMRunner) to read the first chapter of my book: Melting, this Thursday May 13th at 8pm ET. After I read the chapter, I’ll answer any questions you have live about…Read More
World Narcolepsy Day 2020 Activities Starting Soon!
World Narcolepsy Day 2020 is quickly approaching on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 and Project Sleep has an exciting schedule of activities planned for September. This is the second annual World Narcolepsy Day aiming to raise awareness of narcolepsy on a global scale. I’m a little excited, can you tell? Project Sleep’s Schedule of Activities While international…Read More
Ready for Awareness? World Narcolepsy Day 2020 is one month away!
Less than one month until World Narcolepsy Day on Sept. 22, 2020, and I cannot wait for this second annual day dedicated to raising narcolepsy awareness on a global scale. World Narcolepsy Day 2020 is co-led by 26 non-profit patient advocacy organizations on six continents around the world. See all the orgs listed here. Last…Read More
The Power of Community: Supporting One Young Man with Narcolepsy Lifts Us All
These are unprecedented times in the wake of COVID-19. I am sending virtual hugs, healthy vibes and restful nights to each of you. During a time when things feel pretty heavy, I wanted to share a heart-lifting story from my past week. Background: In late February/early March, Project Sleep (in conjunction with the Sleep Research Society)…Read More
“Soooo, you can just, like, fall asleep?!” Spoken Word Poetry on Narcolepsy
“Soooo, you can just, like, fall asleep?!” This video moved me to tears. Please watch and share Kara Sulzer’s powerful spoken word poetry on living with narcolepsy. Kara cuts right to the heart of so many key aspects of living with narcolepsy so quickly, discussing the symptoms, the social misperceptions and the BEST question she…Read More
A Moment I’ll Cherish Forever: Meeting my Representative Adam Schiff
On Tuesday, Feb. 10th, I had the opportunity to meet my Representative, Congressman Adam Schiff and thank him in-person for championing the sleep community priorities in Congress for the past three years. I was in Washington, DC for Project Sleep and the Sleep Research Society’s February Hill Day on Monday, Feb. 9th. See our event…Read More
#SleepIn2020 Deadline TODAY for T-Shirts
Project Sleep’s SIXTH annual “Sleep In” will take place on March 13-15, 2020, but today, Feb. 18th is the deadline to order your official shirts. Please support our shirt fundraiser here. Get shirts for the whole fam! Honestly, I get compliments and questions about my Sleep In t-shirts every time I wear one.…Read More
Exciting News! Giving a TEDx Talk in San Diego
SO beyond excited to share this news: I’ll speak at TEDxSDSU on March 22, 2020 in San Diego, CA! Giving a TEDx talk has been a major life goal for about 7 years now, when i put it in my art journal as one of my major aspirations. And I’ve applied to many over the…Read More
“I will change how I treat my patients because of your talk.”
Last month, I gave one of my favorite presentations at the 10th Biennial Pediatric Sleep Medicine Conference hosted by my alma mater, Brown University. My “TED-style talk” had two key messages: Prescribing social support to people with narcolepsy, Partnering with patients, patient leaders and organizations to develop patient-centered research toward recognizing and addressing stigma. I’d spent…Read More
Celebrating 10 years of the REM Runner Blog!
Ten years ago today, I came out as a person with narcolepsy. On November 10, 2009, I started this REM Runner blog, disclosing on the internet for the first time that: “Hi! I’m Julie Flygare, a person living with narcolepsy with cataplexy.” From my original About Me: “Narcolepsy has changed my life for better and…Read More