Spotlight on: Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Writer Rachel Miyazaki’s Essay in Brain Mill Press

On January 7, 2019, Rising Voices of Narcolepsy writer Rachel Miyazaki published her essay, The Awakening, in Voices: Essays, Opinions, and Commentary from Writers and Makers, a digital magazine from Brain Mill Press.

“I’m twenty-seven years old and have never had a ‘good night’s sleep.’ From childhood through early adulthood, I struggled to fall asleep at night and fought to stay awake during the day. At its most extreme, my body would demand twelve-hour sleep-wake cycles…”

Take a moment to read Rachel’s essay, and please share to raise awareness.

About Rachel:

Rachel Miyazaki is a production coordinator and houseplant enthusiast living in Seattle (originally from Hawai’i). She has struggled with sleep disorders since childhood and now, as a Rising Voices of Narcolepsy writer, wants to advocate for fellow people with narcolepsy, especially students and employees.

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Watch Rachel’s Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story Sharing event:

Rachel Miyazaki’s Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story Sharing Event

In this live broadcast, Rachel reads her powerful essay, “The Awakening,” published in March of 2019 by Brain Mill Press.

About Tonight Presenter: Rachel Miyazaki is a production coordinator and houseplant enthusiast living in Seattle (originally from Hawai’i). She has struggled with sleep disorders since childhood and now, as a Rising Voices of Narcolepsy writer, wants to advocate for fellow people with narcolepsy, especially students and employees. Read here: http://www.bmpvoices.com/the-awakening

Posted by Project Sleep on Sunday, May 3, 2020

For a list of all of our RVN writers’ published essays, click here.
About Rising Voices of Narcolepsy:

To improve public understanding of narcolepsy, Project Sleep’s Rising Voices of Narcolepsy program trains people with narcolepsy to share their stories through public speaking and writing with local communities, healthcare providers, news outlets, blogs and beyond. Combining the power of real-life stories with expert communication strategies, our Rising Voices of Narcolepsy trained speakers and writers are effectively raising awareness and reducing stigma for all those facing narcolepsy.

Like what you see? Learn about Project Sleep’s Rising Voices of Narcolepsy program and check out more content—including articles, interviews, podcasts, and more—here.
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