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Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy Paperback – December 15, 2012
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Julie's memoir describes with eloquence the transformation of a life by narcolepsy, from dreams to nightmares. --Emmanuel Mignot, M.D. Ph.D. Director, Stanford University Center for Sleep Sciences
If you want to find out what it is like to have narcolepsy, you must read Wide Awake and Dreaming. Julie s memoir is so well written with such interesting and entertaining detail, honesty and openness. Julie describes her story so clearly as her story and yet, many people will recognize their own story in here. A wonderful recommended must read for everyone! Julie is a natural story teller. --Eveline Honig, M.D., M.P.H. Executive Director, Narcolepsy Network, Inc.
Julie shares her story brilliantly. She relates the details in such a way, that it is an easy read with snippets of humor added. This, I believe, makes her an ideal spokesperson for narcolepsy. Julie is all about helping others to empower themselves; to make their journey into the unknown a little less scary than it was for her. She uses her own life s experiences to teach us how to find humor, and hope, in our own health circumstances. Whether you have narcolepsy, or another condition, this is a must read book. --Michelle King Robson, Founder and Chairperson, EmpowHER
About the Author
Julie Flygare received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. Her first book, Wide Awake and Dreaming describes her experiences with narcolepsy, from collapsing to the ground to running the Boston Marathon. It won the San Francisco Book Festival Award for Biography/Autobiography. Diagnosed with narcolepsy in 2007, Julie has become a national narcolepsy spokesperson and advocate. Her dreams are studied in Harvard Medical School s curriculum. Her story has been featured by Marie Claire Magazine, ABC News, NBC News, Sirius XM Radio and Psychology Today.
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I just graduated from college and am so thankful to Julie because she gave me the determination and the courage to be able to do so. The days when I knew I needed to study, but my body just didn't want to stay awake anymore. Or the days when all of my friends wanted to go out and party all night and I wasn't willing to deal with the consequences the next day. Thank you Julie.
I know have this book in my paperback and a kindle edition. I have given it out to friends and family so they can begin to understand. My Grandma looked at me for the first time and said, "Wow, I get it now. Is that really what you go through?"
The book is well written, easy to understand and she is very straightforward with her symptoms and reactions to everyday life that we take for granted. I recommend it to anyone who even thinks they have a sleep disorder or has someone in their life that has one. It gives you insight into what they are feeling and an understanding for what they are going through.
Flygare does a great job of defining and describing the symptoms, challenges, medications, and side effects that come along with each treatment in such a way that makes the information easy to understand. As a PWN who went undiagnosed for 15 years, I found myself laughing, crying, and commiserating with Flygare as she tried to navigate the shift in her social life after being diagnosed. I felt compassion for her in the moments when she had to choose between feeling sleepy due to lack of medication, or taking the medication and suffering the side effects to have enough energy in order to make it through a social commitment or other activity. Throughout the entire book, I found myself cheering her on. I couldn’t put this one down! As a PWN who constantly falls asleep while reading, that’s the highest level of endorsement I can give. I could not fall asleep until I read the whole thing!
The author describes the pep talks she has given herself to deal with her narcolepsy: "Just get through this one last year," "Keep moving forward," "Only one more month," "One more week," "You'll just have to keep going." Many of us have felt this way, struggling with something that felt like too much to bear. She finally concludes that she "couldn't just keep going like a robot," she had to "find a path worth living." At some point, it's not enough to just get through another day, you have to get busy living or get busy dying. The author's descriptive style of writing lets you relate to her struggles even if they are not the same as your own, and it is inspirational to hear how she got busy living.
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