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I was diagnosed when I was almost 18 years but had been living with the symptoms ever since I was 15 years. After a lot of misdiagnosis from different doctors and after they ruled out any of the “known diseases” they advised that it might be stress from school or I was just simply lazy.

I remember by the time I was told to go for the test in November 2007 the machine was out of service, 3 or 4 months down the line The test was done. They finally put a name to my sleeping habits, ni ivyo, sikuwa na jifanya.

Anyway, I was done for EEG test that confirmed what I had.

Teachers thought I was lazy or rude because of the tendency of falling asleep.

I also experienced stigma from my family before I got diagnosed (since then it has stopped) I was nicknamed ‘droopy’ a cartoon character may be because of my sleepy-eyes & slurred speech before I fall asleep.

I receive all sorts of stigma whenever

  • I fall asleep in public
  • when in company of people who refuse to understand (because they always have a choice to learn more) what Narcolepsy is all about.
  • I fall asleep when in public Vehicles
  • At the salon when getting my hair done especially inside a drier
  • On queues i.e. at the banks & supermarkets, during elections etc
 
  1. Spirituality & Christ-Esteem

    God does not give us obstacles we cannot overcome

    The one thing I always have at the back of my mind. God has always seen me through every situation I have ever been through i.e. from sleep attacks while walking by the roadside or on the road. Goals that I have attained in life. Most of all as I continue to discover who I am in Him.

  2. Self-esteem & Awareness

    From the moment it was discovered that it was I disorder I have and there is nothing humanly possible I can do to end it. Then I came to a conclusion that whatever I do when I’m awake is what I should make count. I am not not Narcolepsy it’s just a disorder that I have. It is very important and for a PLWN (Person/People Living with Narcolepsy) to build on their Self esteem/identity to get over the negative criticism that will always be there.

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