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Posted Apr 05 2012 12:51am

“...having a life-threatening disease in your 20s carries a special set of psychological and social challenges. It defies our very definition of what ought to be. Youth and health are supposed to be synonymous. If only I could sue my body for breach of contract with the natural order of things.”

I wept when I read this piece a few days ago. Honestly, I tear up just thinking about it still. Suleika Jaouad tells her incredibly brave story of being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at 23 and a few scenarios I can certainly relate with: being the youngest patient on the floor, constantly wondering about my future, and what would happen if I were unable to work.
Read Suleika’s New York Times column here , visit her site here and watch her incredible video portrait here .
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