Meet Our Advocate - Alyssa Walker
At Narcolepsy.Sleep-Disorders.net, we are thankful for our amazing advocates who share their experiences of living with narcolepsy. In our advocate spotlight interview series, we get to know our advocates better and find out why spreading awareness of narcolepsy is so important to them.
What is one thing you would like to share with the community?
My name is Alyssa and I am a flight attendant based in Houston Texas. I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy for 8 years. Although it is tough having a disorder that most people don’t have, I appreciate that it has taught me to be resilient.
What does advocacy mean to you?
Advocacy to me is taking the time to learn and share awareness to improve certain people's lives. People that advocate for narcolepsy usually work to create overall change politically and socially for people with narcolepsy.
What do you wish someone had told you when you were first diagnosed with narcolepsy?
I wish someone had told me not to limit my goals. Growing up, anything I put my mind to, I did not matter how hard or long it took. After being diagnosed, I would hesitate with things I wanted to do and would eventually talk myself out of it.
What brings you the most joy (especially when you're feeling down)?
Family and friends bring me joy. Not only are they what has me uncontrollably laughing all the time, but knowing that they are happy, safe, and healthy brings me joy each day.
Where do you find support?
My mom is the G.O.A.T ( greatest of all time). Even before being diagnosed with narcolepsy, she was my biggest fan and always there for me. Her support was through, excepting my mood swings and falling asleep mid-conversation, and still choosing to love me.
What is the last show you watched that you enjoyed?
The Bachelor, even though my second favorite girl, Serena P., decided to go home.
What is one meal you could eat for the rest of your life?
What is your favorite quote or saying?
All my goals are above my head but will be accomplished under God's feet.
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