I don’t know what the future holds. I just want to be there.
With these words, Suleika Jaouad, has breezed into millions of hearts across the globe. Suleika Jaouad, writes her weekly column, ‘Life, Interrupted’ in the ‘Well’ section of New York Times, sharing her experiences of being diagnosed with cancer in her 20s.
The column accompanied with a video series, follows her journey through treatment, transplant, and life. Needless to say, she is a brilliant writer and portrays sensitivity and strength that would be as genuine as one can get. Her blog, secretsofcancerhood, updates you with her treatments and other aspects of her life.
Suleika Jaouad is a 23 year old, who has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Suleika is from New York and is currently in hospital, getting ready for a bone marrow transplant that can make all the different to her condition. Her brother, Adam, is her donor.
With a graduation from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies and certificates in French and Women Gender Studies, she was on her way to building a career, and begin life as an adult, when the diagnosis came as a blow.
Well, she has coped and continues to do so with support from her loving family and friends. Her blog provides advice to caregivers and friends of people diagnosed with cancer as well as offers lots of information from cancer foundations to places where you can get knit hats for chemo patients.
She is special, as is evident from her writings, and she faces her ordeal bravely. Her articles are the testimony of her courage, through which she shares her innermost fears, joys, and sorrows.
We wait with bated breath for her next column…