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Shamarla Morgan is a PWN and a narcolepsy advocate.
In this episode, Shamarla shares how despite a self-diagnosis of narcolepsy type 1 within the first year of her symptoms, it took four years for her to receive a proper diagnosis. She experienced many frustrating interactions with doctors who didn’t take her communication about the disorder and her symptoms seriously. They chose to test her for other issues.
What Shamarla experienced was medical racism and part of her narcolepsy advocacy is to help raise awareness and educate doctors so that other Black Americans and people of color will be listened to when they communicate their symptoms.
Shamarla also shares her experience with not taking medication and the decision to take medication when she was in college. Shamarla is really in tune with her body and her biggest lifestyle recommendation is to take naps. Sleep is medicine!
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