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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.

©2012 Mill Pond Swan Publishing (P)2018 Mill Pond Swan Publishing

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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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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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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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A true inspiration

Julie is such an amazing voice for so many people. Wide Awake and Dreaming explains how myself and others feel, suffer and deal with Narcolepsy. Thank you for all that you do!

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