March 7, 2013

March's Inspiration Of The Month: Julie Flygare

“You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link.
This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link.” - Kahlil Gibran

Meet Julie Flygare, our March Inspiration of the Month! Julie's a leading narcolepsy spokesperson, published author, lawyer, yogi, and marathoner. Since her narcolepsy and cataplexy diagnoses in 2007, she's used her experience to become a leading sleep disorders advocate. 

She's collaborated with Harvard Medical School researchers to develop an educational program based on her story. The 5-hour course is now part of the Medical School's standard curriculum.

Julie's also promoted awareness through various scientific research, medical, government, and public audiences. Her story's been featured in Marie Claire Magazine, ABC News, NBC Universal, Sirius XM Radio, and the Discovery Channel. 

Two years ago, she established the National SLEEP WALK in Washington DC for which she received the Narcolepsy Network's National Public Awareness Award. She's thrilled to report the third annual National SLEEP WALK on March 3 was a great success with over 125 participants!

In addition to serving on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sleep Disorder Research Advisory Board, she also published an inspirational memoir, Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy

Naturally, we couldn't wait to create Julie's necklace with mini charm, engraved with the word "Dream!"

Need more reasons to be inspired by Julie? She's also an avid runner, having completed the Boston Marathon and the steepest major U.S. road race, the Mount Washington Road Race. You can read about her running adventures at REM Runner

Julie's used a life-altering diagnosis to help increase narcolepsy awareness and education. It's her hope others with the condition are empowered to stand tall, overcome adversity, and lead successful lives. Julie, #YouInspire!

Follow Julie's work on Twitter and Facebook

1 comment :

  1. I tried to comment via mobile but it didn't post.

    I'm so thrilled to have been allowed to be the conduit for this connection.

    Social media is amazing - from reading a book to a Twitter outreach to this is fantastic!

    I love seeing strong, smart women supporting each other rather than tearing each other down.

    I'm so proud to know you all (didn't forget about you Lora).

    Don't you think Julie would be a great More Fitness Half Ambassador for next year?