News Stories about Kleine Levin Syndrome
Along the journey of finding out more about KLS we have collected the following information from various newspapers, we have featured them together on this page as we have found them helpful and feel they are a great way to raise awareness of this condition:
- A new story from Beth and her relationship with Dan and how it is effected by KLS, March 2017.
- Gemma's story featured in the Chat magazine (2017) - her story was also featued in the Daily Mail in December.
- Connor Story featured in the Metro December 2016, and in the Mirror, Connor has KLS since he was 12, and slept through Christmas three times. A word version is here.
- An update on Beth's story on in the Daily Mail and a mention of a number of other UK cases of KLS including Lois and Carew. (Autumn 2016) - Daily Mail KLS feature or pdf.
- Claire Olney is 17, lives in the Santa Rosa area of the states and has shared her story, she has had KLS since she was 13 then and since then she has had six episodes. An article about here is here: Claire's KLS Story
or as a pdf.
- Cody Young had KLS for 20 years before he found out a name for the condition. You can read Cody's KlS Story here
or as a pdf.
- " Patient" is one of the most trusted medical resources online, supplying evidence based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals, and has an interesting article on Kleine Levin Syndrome
or as a pdf.
- Sleeping beauty article and the loss of time. Read here about stress triggers!
- Jody, a 24 year old mum shares her story in the Reveal Magazine - December 2015, and her hopes to be awake this Christmas.
- Brad is 20, and has KLS since the age of 17, he is in Australia and his story was featured in the leader (Autumn 2015)
- Georgia's study - age 19 and from Adelaide in Australia, her story was featured in the Aussie Daily Mail (Summer 2015)
“There’s no treatments, there’s no cure, there’s no medicine, there is nothing to stop it being less severe, there is nothing to stop me from going into an episode,” she said. “You’ve got to put everything aside and just deal with it.”You can read her another story online here
or view in in word.
- Matt's story - how KLS arrived suddenly and news that he hopes KLS is improving.
- Beth's Story - age 17 - updated October 2014 on BBC age 20., and in the Daily Mail
- Steve Chapman shared his story to highlight that KLS does not just effect teenagers but adults too. (Daily Mail - KLS - Autumn 2013) and in Chat magazine - February 2014. Steve was 57 when this article was published and lives in the same county as us - we have met several times, so if this affects you I can put you in touch.
- Mikaylas Story shared by her mum, Tricia who is trying to raise funds to get to Stanford in January 2014 to have help with her daughter's KLS and other medical issues. Please read her KLS story.
- Immarl is 23 and has just got her degree, despite her KLS she has gone on to achieve her goal - (Daily Mail - KLS - Summer 2013)
- Dakota's story about how he tries to excape KLS (Spring 2013)
- Emil's Story - Emil is 18 and in Denmark - the article is in Danish
- News article by a sleep fellow at Standford (April 2014)
- Jake's Story - age 15 on Syndrome Without A Name (April 2014) and on special needs jungle (April 2014)
- Chiara's Story - age 18 Belgium (March 2013) - the original article was in Flemish... so a translation and link can be found here. KLS in Belgium and in April 2014 - another article and video here and here
- e (January 2013), 3rd Article in a magazine - May 2013
- age 14 - Newspaper article and video - really shows KLS as it is
- Tyler's story - age 17 and an update when he graduated highschool from April 2013.
- Connor's Story - age 13
- Nicole' Story - age 17 on the Jeff Probst Show in America
- Kaitlyn's Story - age 17 and another version and a low quality clip from CBC news
- Alanna's Story - age 22 and here in the Daily Mail - Alanna Wong
- Mark's daughter - age 17
- Michael's Story - age 15
- Shannon's Story - age 17, July 2012 and an update December 2012, and January 2013
- Poppy's Story - age 24
- Stacey's Story - age 15
- Claire's Story - age 17
- Sarah's Story - age 17
- Lily's Story - age 17 - update age 21
- Lousia Ball's Story - age 15 (2010)
- Teen's sleeping sickness
- Eric Haller Story - age 22
- John's Story in New Zealand
- Devdeep's Story (age 25 from India - after KLS)
- Helen Waterson's KLS story - age 36 featured in the Mirror in November 2014
Video Resources about Kleine Levin Syndrome
Below are some of the videos we have watched that are available around the world about Kleine Levin Syndrome - a great way to try and gain further understanding about the condition, and I have my own channel now on You tube too - KLS on You Tube.
- Carew and his mum Danielle were on Medical Mysteries on the 29th November 2016, this programme shows their journey dealing with the unknown, meeting Prof Gringras in London and Arnulf in France and a recommendation for possible treatment. Shared on You Tube - Kleine Levin Syndrome.However since recording the show Danielle has commented that "Unfortunately the medication hasn't helped as we had hoped." The video has been restricted in some areas - so the only soloution at present is for you to download it - it is a 2.5GB file and is available here: KLS Video Download
- Inside Edition, 2006, about KLS in the US - watch about Kleine Levin here - “Imagine being so exhausted, so overwhelmed, that you could sleep almost non stop for weeks, or even maybe months.” video features Kristie Brown and the Farber’s.
- An ABC television show on KLS with the Farber and Delein families. Kleine-Levin Syndrome sufferers feel a consistent urge to sleep. See video here.
- The Debra Duncan Show Live - 2000, Houston ABC affiliate KTRK - Television show dealt with the experiences of Kristie Brown and Stephen Maier with KLS.
I am adding a book recommendation .. it has been discussed in some of the KLS forum's that I am in and I thought I would like to share it with you.... If you are a member of a book club or like to read... can I suggest you pop over to Amazon and buy "Althea and Oliver" - http://amzn.to/1yHqLcL .
It is a novel about a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship .. it is by a new author.. but the twist is one of the characters has a very rare medical condition... if you read it you won't believe what this person does... but as a parent familiar with the condition... I can 100% relate ...
It does not hold any mircale answers... but it does raise the issue of Kleine Levin Syndrome in a different way... a way perhaps some people can relate too better.... and in places - well it is best to be broadminded... but I think that is always the case with KLS!
After finding out about the book I emailed the author - Cristina and asked her about her experience with KLS and told her about this site... this is her response.
Thank you for reaching out to me through my website. I apologize for the delay in my response, but things were extremely hectic around the time of the book's publication in October, and have only begin to settle down recently.
In response to your question, no, neither I nor anyone I know has ever been diagnosed with KLS. I initially heard about it from a friend, many years ago, who had watched a news story about teenagers suffering from Kleine Levin Syndrome. Though I did a fair amount of research before writing Althea and Oliver, the novel is definitely not supposed to represent any kind of universal experience of KLS, and unfortunately the afflicted character does not necessarily find a resolution by the book's end.
Thank you for sending me the link to your blog, which I found extremely compelling. I wish I had had access to such a personal account back when I was actually writing the book, it would have been very helpful. I hope you enjoy Althea and Oliver when you manage to get your hands on a copy, and I wish you and your family the best of luck as you continue your journey dealing with KLS.
Useful Web Sites
These web sites are the ones which we have found most useful in reading up about Kleine Levin Syndrome, or fighting for our child's future - so we have listed them here for reference.