JAOUAD: Yes. But I wanted to ask you about that beach. This is one small way to stay grounded and hopeful to transform our isolation to connection. Her keynote addresses focus on themes of resilience, reinvention, health, and creativity as a tool to make sense of life’s interruptions. The Veterans Administration came in and took me to Colorado to an event called the Winter Sports Clinic where they take disabled veterans and teach them how to ski. She went on a vacation to a sandy beach in the Mediterranean, something she longed to do as she stared up at hospital ceilings. Which 'Game of Thrones' Character Are You? JAOUAD: Exactly. CONAN: Bruce, thanks very much for the call, and we can't wish winter could arrive quicker for you. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, Jaouad reflects on regaining a bit of normalcy. Suleika Jaouad and Jon Batiste. I have about an inch of hair on my head, which I'm happy to report. CONAN: Well, Suleika Jaouad, we wish you the very best of luck and thank you so much for sharing your story with us. "Suleika Jaouad's Life Joyfully Interrupted by Emmy Awards", "Life Resumes: Looking Ahead With Suleika Jaouad", "What almost dying taught me about living", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Suleika_Jaouad&oldid=983105959, Articles needing additional references from May 2015, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 08:12. Today, she looks ahead to her 25th birthday, cancer-free, and joins us in just a moment as part of our series Looking Ahead. Relationships. JAOUAD: Thank you so much for having me here. JAOUAD: That's right. And he has been an incredible rock in my life. And I'm very grateful to have that newfound awareness now.

Subscribe to her newsletter to receive The Isolation Journals—free weekly creativity prompts—to your inbox. CONAN: Because your immune system was so depressed by all those chemotherapy. I think that survivor's guilt is a real thing. Explore Suleika Jaouad's New York Times Well blog column "Life, Interrupted.". Expound on that. Her zodiac sign is Cancer. Jaouad has been featured on NPR's Talk of The Nation, NBC's Weekend Today Show, CBS News, The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times and Darling Magazine, among others. All rights reserved. CONAN: And cancer-free, but I understand you also just came back from a chemotherapy session. And unfortunately, 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year. One of the wonderful things that's come out of this experience has been public speaking, which was my greatest fear growing up. Each Sunday morning, we delivered a thoughtfully curated journal prompt. It's very difficult. CONAN: Thanks very much. JAOUAD: Of course.

We Insist: A Timeline Of Protest Music In 2020, The Unexpected Side Effects Of Chemotherapy, 'Life, Interrupted' By Cancer Diagnosis At 22, The Huffington Post's 'Generation Why' Blog. We're talking with Suleika Jaouad, part of our series of conversations, Looking Ahead. But for those who haven't heard, you guys met just before the diagnosis.

And I feel like in the past year, for the first time - I like this expression - that I've been able to make my mess my message.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. JAOUAD: But it was very strange for me because I was travelling with gloves and a facemask, and people were giving me odd looks.


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