I met Lauren and Chester at my yoga studio, Tranquil Space to record B-roll footage at 10am. Yoga plays a major roll in my memoir – so I was thrilled to highlight yoga in this interview.
Tranquil Space opened especially for us, so I unrolled my mat in the empty studio. NBC’s Lauren is also a yoga instructor, so she offered to lead me through a personal class. As the camera began recording, my stomach clenched. I wondered, “I hope my alignment isn’t too terrible!“
Like real class, I closed my eyes and concentrated on my breathing. Soon the camera and crew disappeared from my mind. Even in awkward circumstances, yoga calmed me.
Over the next 40 minutes, Lauren directed me though a series of simple poses. Chester moved the camera around to various angles.
At one point, Chester went outside to film me through the studio’s decorative front window. On the busy Wilson Boulevard, pedestrians blatantly stared – wondering what the heck we were doing, as Chester stood with his massive camera in the bushes. I giggled and felt a slight tingling in my head – a warning of cataplexy, but my muscles didn’t give out, thankfully.
Afterward, we zoomed off to my house for the interview. I changed quickly, while my living room transformed into an official-looking studio. I clipped the microphone to my collar and ran the wire down my blouse.
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Settling in for the interview, I felt fearless and ready. I hadn’t prepared, but I didn’t need to. My “talking points” were engraved upon my heart and mind.
So what did we talk about? You’ll have to wait and see! The story will air on NBC 4 Washington Tuesday, November 15th during 5pm news and will be available online soon.
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Chester also filmed some B-roll of me working on my memoir at my computer. I am so thankful to Lauren, Chester and NBC for taking an interest in my story.
“Usually we cover new stuff,” Lauren explained, “but I realized, we’ve never covered narcolepsy!”
I smiled. Narcolepsy is news – not because it just happened yesterday but because it’s been there all along – a serious neurological illness that’s been overlooked. Yesterday was one of those surreal days when change felt within reach.
Also, a big thank you to Gretchen and Mary-Catherine of Tranquil Space Arlington for generously allowing us to use the studio!
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