I picked to watch the episode True Life “I have Narcolepsy.” I remembering watching the episode a while back and was interested to study and analyze it from an experiential approach this week. The episode follows the lives of two young girls, Julie who is 16 years old, and Katy who is 25. They both suffer from narcolepsy, which is a sleep disorder, and cataplexy that involves sudden loss of muscle control when laughter is triggered. After comparing the three types of narratives discussed in lecture, I believe both girls use a restitution way of sharing their experiences. They both believe the condition is an illness they suffer from and affects their lives, but they do have hope it will get better and medical treatment will improve their symptoms or even the condition. Julie who is in high school struggles from narcolepsy and cataplexy attacks in her every day life. She worries about getting cataplexy attacks while hanging out with her friends and at dance practice. She suffers from needing to sleep several times a day and that gets in the way of her schoolwork and applying to college. Her responsibilities are influenced by the condition and she hopes to improve them but is afraid medication will be the only answer. Julie expresses that she does not want to give in and take medication but her mother tries to push it on her. She hopes to get away with a small dosage. Her visit to a neurologist makes her realize her condition will not improve unless she takes medication and she is restricted to drive, swim or take baths on her own. The condition is not allowing Julie to live a normal life. Stigmas exist in our culture and people question is someone is acting different from others. Therefore suffering from these illnesses can get in the way of social situations. After starting medication and seeking alternative therapy, Julie begins to manage her narcolepsy and cataplexy and is on her way to live a normal life. Katy’s story is similar to Julie’s but she is a few years older and has finished school so a job is one of her responsibilities. She also has a supportive boyfriend who is the person that helps her out with her condition. She also suffers from narcolepsy and has a hard time waking up in the morning, staying awake throughout the day and sleeping soundly at night. She also feels many jobs are not well suited for her because of the condition and has found being a real estate agent works better for her lifestyle. Working from home and picking her own hours helps her manage her condition. This is also an example of her taking the sick role and her rights and responsibilities are influenced. Katy believes that medication and drugs are the only way to treat her symptoms and by doing so, she can eventually lead a normal life. As it was mentioned in lecture, illness has a cultural context, and social expectations and stigmas contribute to illness and the process of healing. The support of the people around someone suffering from a condition is important when it comes to managing symptoms and the healing process. Illness narratives are beneficial to all patients, their families, and their health care providers. It allows others to be involved in the illness by hearing it from a first hand perspective and being able to understand better what someone might be going through. It also helps doctors diagnose and treat a patient the best way possible.