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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

Greetings!

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. 

Learn more about my story and sign up for my newsletter below to get my updates straight to your inbox.

Suleika

 

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NYT Column


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NYT Column


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Photo by Ashley Woo

NEW YORK TIMES 'WELL' COLUMN

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.

Read my blogs & articles.

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Other Writing


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Other Writing


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Photo by Ashley Woo

OTHER WRITING

Check out some of my other writing for magazines such as Vogue, Women's Health and Glamour.

Read more here.

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Video


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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 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. 

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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Press + Praise


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Press + Praise


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Photo by William Hereford

PRESS

 

I have been 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, among others.

Read more 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.