Season 2 Episode 10
In this episode we will discuss narcolepsy with Jennifer M. Jen has had narcolepsy for many years but as she will tell you in her podcast, getting a diagnosis is not the easiest thing!
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hallucinations, and in some cases episodes of cataplexy (partial or total loss of muscle control, often triggered by a strong emotion such as laughter). Narcolepsy occurs equally in men and women and is thought to affect roughly 1 in 2,000 people. The symptoms appear in childhood or adolescence, but many people have symptoms of narcolepsy for years before getting a proper diagnosis.
After decades of symptoms, Jennifer Martin was diagnosed with Narcolepsy in the early 2000s. Although it’s been a challenge accepting her limitations, she makes sure to practice gratitude and volunteer at a local hospital when she is able.