Swinging for SleepI wanted to do something more that just play professional golf. I've been bouncing back and forth between LPGA and LPGA Futures Tour and "Swinging for Sleep" keeps me motivated. I've always talked openly about my sleeping disorder, Narcolepsy. It is a auto-immune disorder and a disability. Since narcolepsy is misunderstood and misdiagnosed, I extremely enjoy educating others about this life-long disorder.
It's hard to get one's attention, but when I fall to the ground in a full body collapse because I am completely paralyzed, heads turn immediately. There is a lot more to narcolepsy than just being sleepy.....other symptoms may be interrupted sleep, hynogogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, cataplexy, and automatic behavior. I have all of these, "classic case of narcolepsy" is what the doctor called it back in 1996. Fortunately, because of advancements in medicine, my narcolepsy is the best it has ever been...I feel great. Not everyone with narcolepsy is as lucky as me.
I wanted to do something that might potentially help others suffering from Narcolepsy. So I approached Jazz Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the medicine that worked for me, with my "Swinging For Sleep" idea. I asked if they were willing to make a donation to the Narcolepsy Network for every birdie I made in 2011. The Narcolepsy Network(NN) is a National support group for people with Narcolepsy. NN changed my life and I am very grateful that they exist. Through the NN, I was able manage countless trials and tribulations so I could continue to lead a fulfilling life. Jazz Pharmaceuticals is donating $25 for each Birdie and $100 for every eagle I make to the NN.
After sharing my story on my web site www.nicolejeray.com, other people wanted to donate money for Birdies too. I've made 81 birdies so far. There are only two events left before the my season ends. Think Birdies for me. In October, I'll be attending the National Narcolepsy Network conference and look forward to presenting a check to the Network.
Join me in helping others with Narcolepsy. http://www.nicolejeray.com/swinging-for-sleep.html
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