Suleika Jaouad is 23 years old. A citizen of New York, Tunisia, and Switzerland, her language skills include Arabic and French. As a teenager, she studied the double bass, and as a Princeton University student, she wrote a prize-winning thesis about women’s rights. Now, her writing has taken a different turn. Through her blog entitled Secrets of Cancerhood, she shares her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Soon, Suleika will also be able to share her experience with bone marrow transplant.
Through her writing, Suleika is rapidly becoming a voice for young adults affected by cancer. Last month, her piece “10 Ways to Help a Friend With Cancer” appeared in the Huffington Post. The first article of her new weekly column, “Life, Interrupted,” was published in the Science section of today’s New York Times, in addition to being included in the newspaper’s blog “Well.” To accompany the column, a short video about Suleika can be viewed on the New York Times website by clicking here or on Suleika’s blog by clicking here.