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  • A Memoir of Narcolepsy
  • By: Julie Flygare
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  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Wide Awake and Dreaming

By: Julie Flygare
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Summary

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. 

Winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Award for Biography/Autobiography, 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.

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A much needed book

To me very slow paced and a bit too descriptive, making it difficult to keep focus on the real issue. But it's a much needed book. My brother suffers with Narcolepsy and it's still a very underdiagnosed condition of which most don't know much about, if at all.
Thanks Julie for sharing your story.

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  • CVBranan
  • 10-10-18

The REAL Narcolepsy

Julie was able to put into words all the experiences of narcolepsy with cataplexy that I have struggled to explain to others. Her narration style may not be professional level, but hearing her words from her made it more personal. Anyone with narcolepsy, the family and friends of those affected, and medical professionals should read/listen to this book to better understand what this disorder does to us and how to recognize it sooner. More awareness may mean better medication or a cure one day.

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  • Michelle
  • 12-08-19

Inspiring Story of Bravery in the Face of Illness

If you are looking for a boring medical book about Narcolepsy... this is not for you!

Far more than a stark medical account, Julie weaves us through the discovery of her illnesses. Random symptoms are pushed aside when life is busy. Once they could not be ignored Julie went looking for answers. Her story is comical, inspiring, and raw.

Julie is so inspiring with all she has accomplished. Follow her on Instagram @remrunner to see how she is still crushing it! This book inspired me to encourage others always and to push myself to be a better person. Life with chronic illness is hard but that does not mean it is completely closed off to us.

A great read for anyone with chronic illness. Loved that the author narrated the story - it gave it an authentic feel. Would highly recommend ❤️

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  • Deb
  • 13-10-18

Wide Awake and Loving This Book!

To call Julie Flygare’s memoir brave, beautiful and inspiring doesn’t do it justice. I was riveted by her story of first discovering, then living with and ultimately thriving with her narcolepsy. As her symptoms came on and progressed they went from embarrassing to frightening and even life-threatening. I love reading about people who’ve triumphed over seemingly insurmountable obstacles and this book did not disappoint. It was especially interesting to hear the story narrated in the author’s own voice. She did a beautiful job conveying her fear, confusion, struggle and finally her acceptance of her challenges and the sweetness of her victories. Nicely done and well worth a listen!

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  • Holly Stover
  • 10-09-20

Did she read my mind?

This book I had so many aha and woah her too moments that I found so relatable. As someone with a chronic illness that was undiagnosed I saw so much of myself in this story that I actually had my family members read it to understand what I’ve been going through. So we’ll written and so glad Julie wrote this. A must read.

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  • Michelle
  • 14-03-20

Outstanding

I have no words that can describe both how, well written this book is, and how amazing this PWN is. To hear her struggle and accomplish and fail brought me so much splice and validation. Thank you Julie. Thank you

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  • Yarngirl52
  • 18-01-20

From a fellow PWN

Julie's story is compelling reading and she inspiration for me and other PWN. I amazed at her dedication to her running and PT exercises. Her voice is pleasant and her descriptions of the world around her is rich and detailed. Not like a lawyer, at all, despite one reviewer's comment.

I am also amazed at her courage to continue law school, but also to realize she didn't want to be a lawyer.

I finished the book in a day and a half. I have had narcolepsy symptoms since college in the 1970s and routinely fell asleep in lecture like Julie, but I have never had to cope with cataplexy. Falling asleep while driving sent me to the doctor and a proper diagnosis some 30 years after the first symptoms.

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  • Asia Strek
  • 11-01-20

Julie..

You are my inspiration.. just like you said in the end.. you helped me. You gave me courage... I hope to meet you one day because you are such a strong person. I am still struggling with my narcolepsy and don’t know how to feel better and become more positive. You’re amazing Julie, I am so proud of you.. i am so sorry about your dad. I cried hearing that part... you have such an amazing guardian angel now. he’s always going to watch over you.

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  • Kelly Burke
  • 05-10-18

Totally Relatable

This book is powerful. It is honest, open and inspiring. I recommend this book to everyone, regardless whether you have narcolepsy or not. Julie goes through trial and error, triumph and defeat. We all have our own struggles. This book is a reminder that an illness doesn't tell who we are, but that it can show us who we're meant to become.

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  • Paige
  • 20-07-22

I don't feel alone anymore but inspired and proud

This is one of the best memoirs I've read. I struggle with my own battle against narcolepsy and I felt like so much of what the author wrote mirrored my life and battle with narcolepsy. Her drive to fight it and not let it always get the best of her, while still detailing the embarrassing truths of narcolepsy is inspiring. It made me feel like I wasn't alone in this struggle for the first time in 4 years since my diagnosis and that I should be proud for what I have accomplished with narcolepsy. I am going to recommend this to everyone in my life who wants or needs to understand what narcolepsy is.

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  • Kaitlyn M
  • 15-03-22

loved this

I really enjoyed this book. As a PWN this book is very relatable. I believe it would be insightful and entertaining to anyone, with or without narcolepsy. I love that her writing style feels poetic at times.
So glad I found this book!