British Student Documents Life with Narcolepsy

Today, we proudly share a short documentary film by Scott Norman, a university student in England living with type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy. Scott created the film about his life with narcolepsy as part of his university coursework.

Scott says, “I’ve always wanted to show others what it’s like to live with narcolepsy, as it can be a lot more serious than it may seem. My college gave me the opportunity to do a short documentary, so I decided to share my experience living with narcolepsy.”

From Scott: “I study graphics and e-media at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, and I am interested in creating my own clothing brand and owning a business. I support Leicester City Football team and love traveling and spending time with my family and girlfriend. Here I am enjoying dinner out in London for my girlfriend’s birthday and trying baklava for the first time.”

“I was diagnosed with type 1 narcolepsy at the age of 14 after 2-3 years of seeking answers. When I was first diagnosed, narcolepsy had much more control over me and affected me mentally. I had to learn how it affects me and understand what it is so I can have as much control of it as possible. I have learned to live with narcolepsy and identify myself with it. My narcolepsy isn’t going anywhere; it is a part of me.

In making the film, I wanted to show how serious narcolepsy is and also that you can still live your life. I hope in the future I can create a longer documentary looking deeper into the science of narcolepsy and how it affects the lives of those who have it.”

Thank you, Scott, for sharing your story with the world. What resonates with you about Scott’s story? Share in the comments below.
Check out our Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story Sharing Series for more powerful accounts of life with narcolepsy and other chronic sleep disorders.
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