In March 2018, Rising Voices of Narcolepsy writer Anna Marr published her essay, Laugh at Me, Not My Narcolepsy: Why I take sleep more seriously than I take myself, on Medium.
“If you pop a home video in my dad’s dusty VCR, you’ll probably see my sisters and me, circa 2001, improvising news shows or performing trampoline parody concerts in our backyard. That’s all I did as a kid in small-town Ohio: live off making them laugh…”
Take a moment to read Anna’s essay, and please share to raise awareness.
Anna is an actor and writer from Ohio living in New York City who loves comedy almost as much as ice cream. She was diagnosed with narcolepsy almost five years ago. As a Rising Voices of Narcolepsy trained writer, Anna aims to change how the media represents this chronic neurological condition. You can learn more at annamarr.com.
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Anna Marr is an LA-based actor, writer, and voiceover artist originally from Ohio. When not performing or writing comedy, she enjoys consuming odd ice cream flavors, female-driven TV shows, and theme parks. She is a co-founder of Bluelaces Theatre Co., a non-profit that creates interactive, multi-sensory theatre for individuals with developmental differences. Anna was diagnosed with narcolepsy as a senior at Northwestern University. As a Rising Voices of Narcolepsy writer, she aims to change how the media represents this chronic neurological condition. She is currently developing a dark comedy series, “Walking through Peanut Butter,” based on her experiences navigating New York’s comedy scene with narcolepsy. You can learn more at annamarr.com.
Read her essay here: https://medium.com/@annamarr/laugh-at-me-not-my-narcolepsy-eb5f508c8c8b
Posted by Project Sleep on Monday, March 23, 2020
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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.