A Young Woman, a Keyboard, and Cancer

The latest in a series of candid profiles from PBS that will change your perception of cancer.

Suleika Jaouad was 22 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and a rare blood disorder called Myelodysplastic Syndrome.  A recent graduate of Princeton University, and young paralegal living in Paris, Suleika’s life was turned upside down. In her interview with PBS she says, “In those first few months I felt incredibly isolated.”

Yet in the midst of despair, Suleika found her voice. Writing from the bone-marrow transplant unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Suleika launched an Emmy Award winning column and video series with The New York Times entitled “Life, Interrupted.” Through videos and columns that are honest in their humanity, Suleika discusses the myriad of challenges facing a young woman battling cancer, and the emotional and unforgettable moments of friendship, love and grace along the way.

In this exclusive short film for The Story of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (above), Suleika tells the emotional first-hand story of how cancer changed her life.  Her story is part of an intimate series of videos that encourage people of all backgrounds to share their cancer stories. To view more of the PBS video series, click here.


Read all of Suleika’s entries on The New York Times Well Blog. Connect with Suleika on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


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