Meet the Poet:
Staci H is a 16-year-old part-time high school student and part-time college student living with type 2 narcolepsy without cataplexy. She was diagnosed with narcolepsy in the fall of 2020 and is still figuring how to live her life without letting narcolepsy take over. In the following paragraphs, Staci tells us a little about what being a poet means to her and why she is sharing her poetry with Project Sleep and the sleep community.
“Juggling school with narcolepsy. Trying not to fall asleep in class and trying to fall asleep at night. Trying to stay awake while finishing homework and trying to wake up to escape from monsters that await in my sleep. This poem has helped me express my feelings about the struggles of living with narcolepsy. Poetry has been my outlet: a place to release, express, and understand my emotions. When I write poetry, I gain a better understanding of how I feel about a certain topic. The same happens when I read poetry. From reading poetry, I can start to understand the author and their message better.
This is what Project Sleep’s National Poetry Month celebration has done for me. It has helped me see that I am not alone in this and there are people who know exactly what it is like (thank you again Project Sleep and other poets). So I wanted to do the same: share my experiences—through poetry—to help others who are struggling in isolation know they are not alone. You are not alone.” – Staci H