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Former Currajong support worker Alex Lee, who battles narcolepsy, is making awareness a priority.

ALEX Lee left Currajong some time ago now but there’s no secret or surprise many are still connected to and fond of one of our favourite former staff.

Now she is focusing on putting her efforts into raising awareness for Narcolepsy; a condition she battles.

“World Narcolepsy Day is today and awareness raising efforts are being made to identify issues as so many Narcolepsy symptoms are often excused or misdiagnosed, sometimes for years, sometimes forever,” Alex said.

“You don’t have to just ‘endure’ and ‘soldier on’ without seeking the right support.”

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition that impairs the brain’s ability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle and affects about 1 in 2,000 people, or 3 million people worldwide.

Symptoms vary by person and may include sleepiness during the day, sudden episodes of muscle weakness often triggered by emotions (called cataplexy), sleep paralysis and confusing hallucinations around sleep.

“Today is vital as the greater community can also learn more about another invisible illness and gain better understanding and acceptance.”