September was a whirlwind and somewhere in there, I turned 35.
So now it’s been 11 years since I was diagnosed with type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy and five years since I moved to Los Angeles and founded Project Sleep.
Where the heck did the first half of my 30s go?
A few flashbacks come to mind – mostly parking lots across Los Angeles, where my car doubled as Project Sleep’s “office” (while working full-time in the cancer space and running PS on the side). Those same parking lots also tripled as napping spots to help me through long commutes.
A lot else happened – two marathons, two heart-wrenching breakups with the same guy, two apartments in the same “Melrose Place” that has truly become home, and so many incredible opportunities to raise awareness and share my story around the world. I guess the first half of my 30s was pretty eventful.
All this landed me where I am today. This past month was one of the most surreal months of my life – filled with goosebumps, laughter and lifetime highlights that I’m still processing and will cherish forever.
September 2018 Highlights:
- Sept 4th: Met a dog with narcolepsy, Watson and recorded an informative and fun Facebook Live with Dr. Mignot and Watson in Palo Alto, CA.
- Sept 6-8th: Participated in the beautiful wedding of one of my best friends to an amazing man and visited this same friend’s stunning art exhibit that she curated (#badass) in San Francisco, CA.
- Sept 9-13th: Attended the International Symposium on Narcolepsy in Beverly, MA.
- Sept 14th: Celebrated turning 35 with family, friends and the most delicious Party Favors cake!
- Sept 15th: Hosted Project Sleep’s “Innovations in Narcolepsy Awareness” event in Boston, MA.
- Sept 21 – 24th: Filmed videos to showcase Project Sleep’s Rising Voices of Narcolepsy program with five amazing speakers in San Jose, CA.
**Note: Something else really exciting happened too, which I’ll announce TOMORROW – on Monday, October 1st at 12noon ET via Instagram Live!! Be sure to tune in. **
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