Letter to a Caring Stranger

November 5, 2014 8:22 PM

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At the age of 16, after two years of investigation, my brother Tom Derhy was diagnosed with narcolepsy by the Sleep Disorder Center at the Pitié Salpêtrière hospital in Paris. He had been fighting to be able to live normally since he was 10, despite the handicaps that this rare and poorly understood neurological disease has been causing him. We did our best to support him every step of the way, while thinking that over time he had managed to win over narcolepsy.

At 26-years-old, Tom took his own life, the week of October 6, 2014. A few hours later, we discovered this "Letter to a Caring Stranger" (and many other texts that spoke about his suffering with the disease) in his blue notebook that he always had under his arm, where he wrote whenever inspiration c...

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