By Suleika Jaouad Earlier this week I found myself surrounded by journalism royalty. Many of the most-talented and most-courageous broadcast journalists, editors, producers and videographers had gathered at New York’s Lincoln Center for the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. But to my … [Read more...] about A Golden Opportunity
By Suleika Jaouad When I blow out my birthday candles next month, I’ll celebrate being alive. But my 25th birthday will also mark a one-year countdown to the date when I will no longer have health insurance. Like many, many other young adults who don’t have insurance through an employer, I rely … [Read more...] about The Cost of Cancer
by Suleika Jaouad It was the annual fund-raising event for the Hope Lodge, my temporary home after a bone marrow transplant. The host asked all the survivors to step forward from the crowd. I froze. I didn’t know if that word applied to me. What does it mean to be a survivor? I certainly didn’t … [Read more...] about Am I a Cancer Survivor?
by Suleika Jaouad I’ve struggled with the awkwardness of cancer ever since my leukemia was diagnosed last May. When I told people my news, some people froze, falling silent. One person immediately began telling a story of an aunt who had died from the same kind of leukemia. “Will you lose your … [Read more...] about Cancer is Awkward
by Suleika Jaouad On Monday evening, I stood on a stage in front of a thousand people and talked about what I’ve learned since my diagnosis with cancer two years ago at the age of 22. I was speaking at the Angel Ball, the yearly red-carpet event for the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, which in this … [Read more...] about Changed by Cancer