I'm Suleika Jaouad or, as my childhood friends call me, Susu. I’m a writer, an Emmy Award-winning New York Times Well columnist, a cancer survivor and a mother to a badly behaved rescue mutt named Oscar.
Welcome to my home on the web. I’m very grateful that you care enough to be here. If you were at my real home, I'd offer you snacks. Here, I can only offer you articles, videos and information about my upcoming events.
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When I graduated from college in 2010, my dream was to become a war correspondent and to report on the revolutions taking place in the Middle East. When I got diagnosed with cancer at age 22, my world dwindled to four beige walls, a hospital bed and an IV pole I nicknamed 'The Leaning Tower of Chemo.' I couldn’t travel to any foreign war zones so instead I began reporting from the front lines of my hospital bed on a different kind of revolution.
I've always thought of myself as someone who would be behind the camera, not in front of it. I was nervous when I first teamed up with videographer Shayla Harris for the the New York Times "Life, Interrupted" video series accompanying my column. It's been an empowering experience to be able to tell stories, both on paper and on video.