On February 13, 2019, Michelle Zagardo delivered grand rounds at Yale School of Medicine. She gave her Rising Voices of Narcolepsy presentation to a mix of sleep faculty, other sleep providers (PA/NPs), sleep fellows, sleep technicians, sleep researchers and other medical trainees.
“It was amazing! I learned so much!” – Michelle
Michelle is a designer, photographer, and gummy bear enthusiast living in Connecticut. She was diagnosed with type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy after 20 years with the condition. As a trained speaker with Project Sleep’s Rising Voices of Narcolepsy program, she hopes to spread awareness and help others get diagnosed.
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You can watch Michelle’s full story as part of our Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Video Series:
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.