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.
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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.
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.