My name is Wetaunah aka Tonnie Cates
and I started this site. This site was created using MyHeritage.com. This is a great system that allows anyone like you and me to create a private site for their family, build their family tree and share family photos. If you have any comments or feedback about this site, please click here to contact me. Our family tree is posted online on this site! There are 27558 names in our family site. The earliest event is the death of John Dungan
(Feb 28 163). The most recent event is the birth of <Private> Cates
(Feb 26 2012). The site was last updated on May 23 2013, and it currently has 36 registered member(s). If you wish to become a member too, please click here. Enjoy!
Doesn't this look familiar? This is called a sleep attack, and it"s the number one symptom of narcolepsy. Research has shown that a narcoleptic lacks a neurotransmitter called hypocretin or orexin in the brain. Hypocretin or orexin is the natural chemical in the brain responsible for maintaince of the the sleep/wake cycle and appetite.
It has not been determined if narcolepsy is a genetic disorder, but it is known to run in families. It has also been speculated that it may also be a disorder of the immune system.
Does anyone know of any other family members with narcolepsy, either diagnosed or suspected? I heard a story from my dad that it's possible that his father, Charles Thomas Long, may have had narcolepsy, as he was known to fall asleep at the kitchen table while eating or playing cards. Does anyone have anymore information about him?
I've been doing lots of search and research, especially for my Native American roots. I've found some interesting and awesome information. I will be sharing some stories with you soon. Everybody take care now. Cindy Trotchie