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Lucky To Be Alive... Narcolepsy All Of My Life

by Jeff Wiley
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)

I have had narcolepsy all my life. I am 50 years old now and although i never knew what the disease was until i was around 45 i went through most of my life just thinking i was tired all the time.

I remember when i was 16 years old i couldn't drive a car for more than 15 or 20 miles and i would be severely dozing and it was at that same age i had wrecked a brand new 1978 Corvette on the 91 Fwy here in LA.

Fast forward a little bit and i could explain many times being pulled over for lane straddling and once ticketed for wreckless driving as well as countless near misses on the freeway. I finally decided to go see a doctor after i had just purchased a brand new 2007 Corvette and wrecked it shortly thereafter and having my head go through the windshield.

My dad reminded me of all the wrecks and police confrontations i had through all the years and had mentioned it to his doctor which is now mine as well and he talked me into going.

I can't believe i went through all of my life just thinking i was lazy. I couldnt even watch a short tv show or stay awake at a simple church event. I would be sitting at the counter somewhere and all of the sudden my head would drop on the counter hard. Many knots and black eyes from that type stuff happening.

I now know what i'm up against and after trying spray bottles of water to keep me awake while driving to sunflower seeds and many other things i am now on adderall 60 mgs a day and sometimes that don't help. One day they may find a cure. I'm hoping.


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