OUR HISTORY

LIVING WITH IDIOPATHIC HYPERSOMNIA

KRYSTA REYNOLDS

My name is Krysta Reynolds. I am 19. I am from the USA. Living with Idiopathic Hypersomnia is only part of my story.

I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia (IH) not even a year ago. I never imagined I would be able to achieve what I'm doing but here I am making art and going to night classes to become a Radiographic Technologist! Right out of high school I took a trip to Ireland with my Mom and then 1 week after we got home, I started my 2 year program. I graduate in August 2020.

For as long as I can remember it was a constant struggle every day between my mom and I because of my sleepiness and the great difficulty I had trying to wake up in the morning. As soon as I was diagnosed with IH, it became clear to my mom and I what was really going on. It answered so many things, but it also left me with just as many questions. The diagnosis has been like a big weight has lifted off of me. Knowing I am not alone even if it's only a few, and knowing that there isn’t something wrong with me, I just function differently and it’s not my fault, has given me the strength to keep fighting every day with my family, friends and my health care providers help and support.

Krysta's Art

Krysta Reynolds Art