social media as therapy for chronic illness and self esteem

Social media as therapy

The “curse” of social media on society (particularly vulnerable millennials) has been a narrative that has been discussed endlessly over the past decade – but what if instead of letting it make us feel inadequate and alone, we used it as a tool for building a positive self-image and raising awareness of chronic/invisible illness? Activist…

Diary of a teenage narcoleptic

As part of the annual narcolepsy conference in the US, N-Art holds an exhibition of works by narcoleptic artists. Last year I submitted a portrait of narcoleptic hero Julie Flygare, but this year I wanted to explore a subject much more personal to me: narcolepsy and mental health. In this post I’m going to talk…

Tips for napping success

When you have narcolepsy, naps are likely to be a part of your life whether you like it or not. However, when we take our naps on our own terms, they can be used as a great tool for managing our condition. Narcolepsy is a condition that causes our brains to work differently to those…

Unwanted Advice

Unsolicited comments are unfortunately a fact of life for most people with a chronic health condition. Today I want to discuss a couple of different viewpoints to keep in mind when dealing with these remarks. One issue that comes up time and time again when speaking to other people with narcolepsy (and people with chronic…