My name is Rachel, also known as Sleepy American. Having Narcolepsy w/ Cataplexy and Fibromyalgia, I advocate for all persons with Invisible Disabilities. It's most important to have a fellow veteran like myself, to guide and support the newly diagnosed person. This is the time Narcolepsy Newbies feel most vulnerable. Over a decade of YouTube Awareness, Educational, Advocacy, and Personal Accounts on YouTube and Facebook, I strive to bring 'America Forgotten' (Persons with invisible disabilities) to light.
Cataplexy, a rarely mentioned but life debilitating symptom of Narcolepsy… yes the disorder which is terrorized by the mainstream media. Truth is that the more you know about Narcolepsy, the less funny you realize it is. The most common trigger of Cataplexy are laughter, anger, surprise, and fear. My top three in order of severity in cataplexy triggers are laughter, fighting/feeling extreme sleepiness(sleep attack), and anger. Everyone pokes at me to wake me up, until I instill it upon them to let me nap or else… for the first several moments of waking or feeling very sleepy, its dangerous to try to stand up or walk, as full body collapse to the floor extended cataplexy is typically inescapable.
Check out my personal blog at http://www.sleepyamerican.net
Interests and Topics of expertise: Narcolepsy, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hypnogogic hallucinations, sleep disorders, meeting new friends and keeping in touch with good ole pals. I love online networking, shopping, and non-fiction, too! I am really into politics and disability rights and governmental change.
Movies I like: I know it's sappy, but The Notebook and Big Fish, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, A Beautiful Mind All the Anne of Green Gables, Die Hard, Terminator, Charlotte's Web, and Good Will Hunting too.
Favorite Music: I really like Nickelback and Linkin Park, Third Eye Blind, too. Evanescence is pretty cool, too. Of course you gotta love all the good classics too, esp. Lynard Skynard, cause I'm a Freebird
Favorite Books: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett'
Narcolepsy: A Funny Disorder that's No Laughing Matter by Marguaritte Utley, who's a friend of mine,
Siddhartha by Herman Hess,
Psychological and Psychosocial Affects of Narcolepsy
Wide Awake and Dreaming by Julie Flygare
If you were a wrestler, what would be your finishing move? The Sleeper Hold Ha Ha!