Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad is a 24-year-old writer, young adult wellness advocate, speaker, and cancer survivor. Suleika is the author of the weekly New York Times column and video series, “Life, Interrupted,” where she chronicles her experience as a young woman with cancer. Shortly after graduating from Princeton University in June 2010, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). She recently underwent a bone marrow transplant and is currently undergoing maintenance chemotherapy. In addition to resonating with readers who are struggling with disease, Suleika’s story speaks to anyone (everyone) dealing with life’s more minor challenges. We all have life, interrupted moments whether we are dealing with a health crisis, unemployment, or a bad break up. Suleika shows us that it’s not the interruption that matters. It’s how we deal with it. How we learn from it. And how we grow beyond it.