I was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy in March of 2017. Narcolepsy has impacted my life since I was born. At any given time for someone living with narcolepsy it is living the equivalent of not having slept for 36 hours. I face extreme fatigue every day and have to stay on a very strict sleep schedule, including scheduled naps. I also am unable to drive. In terms of cataplexy, I am in the process of getting a service dog because currently I am unable to go out in public alone in case I have an episode. During an episode of cataplexy I have temporary full body paralysis for a few minutes and I'm unable to move or speak. I also have narcolepsy hallucinations at night where I wake up during REM sleep. I take medication at night and an extremely strong stimulant during the day, but I am still tired. Living with narcolepsy makes me wonder if I'll be able to have the career I want to have or even have a family when I'm older. This organization is important to me because it focuses on research and advocating for people with narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a disability that effects many people, and people know very little about it. I hope in the future we can work towards a cure for narcolepsy as well as more effective medicine and awareness.