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About


Making the most of a life, interrupted.

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About


Making the most of a life, interrupted.

Photo by Ashley Woo

Photo by Ashley Woo

Welcome!

I'm Suleika Jaouad or - as my childhood friends call me - Susu. I’m an Emmy Award-winning New York Times Well columnist, cancer ninja and health advocate. My interests are diverse - exploring the outdoors with my rescue pup Oscar, cooking and playing the upright bass - but my mission here is pretty simple: I believe that health is about adding life to years, and not years to life. I'm here to help you tackle life’s difficult moments with integrity, compassion and a healthy dose of humor and sass.

I’m very grateful that you care enough to be here. Learn more about my story and sign up for my newsletter below to get my articles and videos straight to your inbox.

Suleika

 

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Writing


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Writing


Photo by Ashley Woo

Photo by Ashley Woo

WRITING

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 the revolution taking place inside of me.

Read my blogs & articles.

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Video


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Video


Photo by Ashley Woo

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 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. We even won an Emmy!

Watch here.

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Events


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Events


Photo Courtesy Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

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. I’m dedicated to motivating and helping others to cope with their own adversity.

Check out my upcoming events here.

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Connect


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Connect


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.

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Press + Praise


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Press + Praise


Photo by William Hereford

Photo by William Hereford

PRESS

"I was so moved to hear Suleika speak at the Angel Ball. What a poised and courageous young woman!"

-Smokey Robinson

"I truly believe a beautiful woman is a beautiful woman, but a beautiful woman with a brain is a lethal combination. Suleika embodies just that. She is a beacon of hope, encouragement, positivity and bravery that only few are capable of having."

-Prabal Gurung, Designer

"Suleika was drafted into a club that no one wants to belong to, but as a voice for a generation, she resonates courage, hope, authenticity and dignity that inspires thousands to get busy living every day."

-Matthew Zachary, CEO & Founder of Stupid Cancer

 

Read more here.