Thursday, July 11, 2013

Interesting Article on Narcolepsy, Titled “The Mystery of Narcolepsy”

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Good day and happy summer to those of you who still are following my dear blog!

I wanted to share an article on Narcolepsy with you, as I found it to be an interesting read and I thought that some of you might also think so.  The article is titled “The Mystery of Narcolepsy,” from Psychology Today, and I thought it gave an especially good explanation of what causes Narcolepsy and how it is treated, in addition to briefly talking about treatment and sharing a few stories of patients.

Here is the link to the article: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleep-and-be-well/201304/the-mystery-narcolepsy 

If you have five minutes and you are interested in Narcolepsy like me, you might take a look.

On a parting note, I just wanted to encourage everyone out there who is struggling with daytime sleepiness and other symptoms of Narcolepsy or struggling in general to not give up.  As the article talks about at the end, if you are going through the diagnosis process or struggling to find the right medicine to help you, there are a number of Narcolepsy treatments out there that can go a long ways in helping people feel better and lead “normal” or more normal lives…  And for those of you who have exhausted the medicines that you can take and had to settle for something that might help some but not make you feel as well as you would like, I can identify with how hard that is, and I pray that you would not give up on better days and that you would find better health in the future.

I was listening to a song yesterday that said, “what does not kill me, makes me stronger.”  Remembering these words now, it occurred to me that although it might not be comforting to ponder how one’s current suffering will bring future strength, it is true that the good news about Narcolepsy is that it is not deadly or life threatening.  Although having Narcolepsy can be really hard, it should not give us any fewer days on this beautiful Earth, praise the Lord!  Smile

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Now we just have to make sure to not let Narcolepsy steal our joy or cloud our perception so much that we can’t appreciate life’s many blessings…  I’m still learning to be grateful for the little things in life myself, but it is important sometimes to be reminded because it is so easy to take for granted life’s blessings.

I hope you are enjoying the warm weather!  God bless! 

3 comments:

  1. Hey Ellie I was wondering if you started your book yet? I am 25 years old and I live with narcolepsy. Insomnia and sleep apnea. This article was crazy. And each broke my heart in a different way especially the girl being checked into the psych ward. I'm a psychology major in college. I live in New York.

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