Julie Flygare was on an ambitious path to success, entering law school at age 22, when narcolepsy destroyed the neurological boundaries between dreaming and reality in her brain. She faced terrifying hallucinations, paralysis and excruciating sleepiness - aspects of dream sleep taking place while wide awake.
Yet, narcolepsy was a wake-up call for Julie. Her illness propelled her onto a journey she never imagined - from lying paralyzed on her apartment floor to dancing euphorically at a nightclub; from the classrooms of Harvard Medical School to the start line of the Boston Marathon.
Wide Awake and Dreaming is a revealing first-hand account of dreams gone wrong with narcolepsy. It's the brave story of one woman trampling over barriers and finding light in the darkest of circumstances.
|Publisher:||Mill Pond Swan Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
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I read this because I have a loved one -- my boyfriend -- suffering from narcolepsy. I never expected that I would be unable to put it down the whole time. It gave me so much insight as to the struggles my loved one is experiencing, and just educated me overall about this very misunderstood illness. I feel like I can understand my boyfriend much better now, especially about the mental fog and the confusion when separating dreams and real life. Not to mention that Julie's story is very engaging in and of itself! She's an amazing woman. This is definitely a must read for anyone who has narcolepsy or a family or friend with narcolepsy.
This is Julie's well-articulated personal account of living with narcolepsy/cataplexy. I highly recommend Wide Awake and Dreaming to those who, like me, have a loved one living and coping with this most frustrating illness.