Suleika Jaouad (pronounced: su-LAKE-uh ja-WAD) is a writer, young adult healthy living advocate, motivational speaker and cancer warrior, who talks about everything from nutrition to sexuality and relationships to how to communicate with friends and family when you’re sick. Her weekly column in the New York Times ‘Well’ section chronicles her journey as a young woman living with cancer. An award-winning video series also accompanies the column.
A triple citizen of the US, Switzerland, and Tunisia, Suleika graduated with highest honors from Princeton University in 2010. Shortly after graduation, at age 22, Suleika was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. After almost 2 years of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant this past April she is finally cancer-free and learning how to make the most of a life, interrupted.
Suleika has been featured in The New York Times, Glamour’s December 2012 issue, NBC’s Weekend Today Show, NPR’s Talk of The Nation and All Things Considered, and The Paris Review. She is the Angel Ambassador to Gabrielle’s Angels Foundation. Celebrities such as Katie Couric, Smokey Robinson, Kim Kardashian, Denise Rich, Lance Armstrong, and Arianna Huffington have praised her work.
We all have life, interrupted moments whether we are dealing with a health crisis, unemployment, or a bad break up. Suleika’s happened to be cancer. But it’s not the interruption that matters. It’s how we cope with it. How we learn from it. And how we grow beyond it.
Please join me as I embark on my own “Life, Interrupted” revolution, a journey of self-expression, discovery, and growth.