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One of the advantages of finding a great documentary or video about a health topic is that few words are needed to explain, experience and learn. Here is a wonderful example.

Suleika Jaouad, a writer in her early 20s from Sarasota Springs, N.Y., has been honored and celebrated for sharing her experiences as a young adult with cancer. Featured as a blog and series of videos on the New York Times website and at, “Life, Interrupted” is about cancer, family, health, humor, relationships, health care and more.

Suleika Jaouad with her brother (credit:; photo credit: Seamus McKiernan)

To put Ms. Jaouad’s experience in to some context, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results data on leukemia in the U.S.:

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It is estimated that 48,610 men and women (27,880 men and 20,730 women) will be diagnosed with leukemia in 2013.

From 2006-2010, the median age at diagnosis for leukemia was 66 years of age.

From 2006-2010, the median age at death for leukemia was 75 years of age.

Of people diagnosed with leukemia, 4.7% were between 20 and 34 in age.

Of people who died because of leukemia, 3.1% were between 20 and 34 in age.


One of the Ms. Jaouad’s more humorous videos is this one. I hope their idea evolves and becomes a longer term source of inspiration.

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