The Narcolepsy Nerd Alert series invites fellow #NarcolepsyNerds to explore aspects of the narcolepsy experience, contemplate bold questions, and learn from each other. Hosted by Julie Flygare (an award-winning geek!), the live broadcasts take place on the last Wednesday of every month via Project Sleep’s Facebook page.
Each event begins with an overview of the day’s topic, followed by an interactive discussion. After each broadcast, we create a corresponding printable toolkit featuring participants’ insights.
Please read the descriptions below and save the dates. These live events are free and open to anyone interested in joining, so please invite friends, family, and fellow #NarcolepsyNerds!
Disclosing Your Diagnosis
Wed., Dec. 29, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Telling others you have narcolepsy has unique rewards and challenges. How do you decide to disclose your diagnosis?
About Narcolepsy: Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition that impairs the brain’s ability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. It affects 1 in 2,000 people—200,000 Americans and 3 million people worldwide. Because of low awareness and misperceptions, there is an average of 8 to 15 years between narcolepsy symptom onset and diagnosis. Narcolepsy Nerd Alert aims to educate and empower the narcolepsy community.
About Julie: Julie Flygare, JD, serves as President & CEO of Project Sleep. In 2007, Julie was diagnosed with type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy while in law school. Her experience inspired her to become an accomplished advocate, community leader, and the author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. And yes, Julie is actually an award-winning geek, receiving WEGO Health’s “Geek Health Activist” award in 2014.