Has Narcolepsy Made a Mess of Your Love Life?

When you’re single, it seems like everyone on the planet is in a relationship.

You see people holding hands, sitting side-by-side on the park bench, pushing babies in strollers. You hear the music of their laughter and imagine illness will never touch them. They will go off into the sunset, together, with perfect synchronicity.

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Of course, that’s only how it seems, and many of those people will indeed face challenges in their lives.

The difference is they probably don’t have narcolepsy and cataplexy associated with narcolepsy… and you do.

But what is narcolepsy? You’ve had to explain it a hundred times, on every date, and even to random strangers over the years.

Most of the people you’ve dated seem to be understanding when you absolutely have to take a nap, but some of them aren’t in tune with your particular needs–which is a shame because narcolepsy isn’t who you are, it’s just a part of your life.

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Cataplexy is almost in a league of its own. There you are, laughing with a group of friends, rocking your favorite little black dress, when suddenly your knees buckle and you fall to the ground. BAM! Your self-esteem has taken another hit.

If you find yourself in this situation, there is help available. The Narcolepsy Network can help you find a local or online support group, and who knows? You just may find someone wonderful!


Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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