Similar to 17-year-old Louisa Ball, dubbed the real-life "Sleeping Beauty" by the press, 21-year-old Lily Clarke is diagnosed with the rare sleep disorder called Kleine-Levin syndrome.
Since beginning to fall asleep for weeks at a time in 2007, Lily had seen seven different consultants and none could correctly identify the problem.
It wasn't until her mother read about Louisa's story that she recognized the symptoms and was able to get in touch with experts to diagnose her daughter.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the affliction, however, there are hopes that Lily will eventually grow out of it. At least with an official diagnosis she may finally be able to be granted "extenuating circumstances" at school to help her catch up on her studies.
After talking to parents with children suffering the same disorder, her mother finally is able to understand what her daughter has been going through, explaining:
"It is only through talking to other parents, I now understand that in an episode Lily feels like she is trapped in a horror film where everything is confusing. Her brain cannot process information. When asleep, her dreams are vividly real. When awake she hallucinates and nothing feels real."
Sounds horrible! We can't even BEGIN to imagine what it would be like to be burdened with Kleine-Levin syndrome and can only wish Lily the best as she continues to cope! We hope you grow out of it soon, gurl!
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