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About


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About



 Photo by Ashley Woo

Photo by Ashley Woo

Welcome!

I'm Suleika Jaouad or, as my childhood friends call me, Susu. I’m a writer, speaker, cancer survivor and 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 stories, videos and information about my upcoming events. 

Learn more about my story and sign up for my newsletter below to get my updates straight to your inbox. I hope we cross paths soon.

Suleika

 

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NYT Column


NYT Column


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Photo by Ashley Woo

NEW YORK TIMES "LIFE, INTERRUPTED" COLUMNIST

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 on a different kind of revolution—on the one taking place from the front lines of my hospital bed. 

Read the columns.

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Other Writing


Other Writing


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Photo by Ashley Woo

OTHER WRITING

I've written reported features, essays, magazines stories and commentary for publications including The New York Times Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Women's Health and Glamour.

Read more here.

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Video


Video


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Photo by Ashley Woo

VIDEO

I've always thought of myself as someone who would be behind the camera, not in front of it. I admit 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. But it's been an empowering experience to learn to tell stories, both on paper and on video. 

Watch here.

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Speaking


Speaking


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Photo Courtesy Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

EVENTS

I travel around the country teaching writing workshops and I regularly speak at conferences, universities, hospitals, corporations, fundraisers and professional events. 

Get the scoop on my upcoming events

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Press + Praise


Press + Praise


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Photo by William Hereford

PRESS

 

Featured on NPR's Talk of The Nation and All Things Considered, NBC's Weekend Today Show, Ken Burns’ PBS documentaryThe Emperor of All Maladies, CBS News, The Paris Review, Vogue, Into The Gloss, The Los Angeles Times and Darling Magazine.

More here.

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Contact


Contact


CONNECT

I'd love to meet you! The best places to connect with me are at my events or on Facebook and Twitter. I am also an avid Instagram user.  If you'd like to invite me to come speak, get in touch with me here.