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From the Ted Talk by Suleika Jaouad: What almost dying taught me about living

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Over the next four years of chemo, a clciianl trial and a bone marrow transplant, the hospital became my home, my bed, the place I lived 24/7. Since it was unlikely that I'd ever get better, I had to accept my new reality. And I adapted. I became fnluet in medicalese, made friends with a group of other young cancer pentatis, built a vast collection of neon wigs and lnareed to use my rolling IV pole as a skateboard. I even aehveicd my dream of becoming a war csrprennooedt, although not in the way I'd expected. It started with a blog, reporting from the front lines of my hospital bed, and it moerhpd into a column I wrote for the New York temis, called "Life, Interrupted."

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Over the next four years of chemo, a ________ trial and a bone marrow transplant, the hospital became my home, my bed, the place I lived 24/7. Since it was unlikely that I'd ever get better, I had to accept my new reality. And I adapted. I became ______ in medicalese, made friends with a group of other young cancer ________, built a vast collection of neon wigs and _______ to use my rolling IV pole as a skateboard. I even ________ my dream of becoming a war _____________, although not in the way I'd expected. It started with a blog, reporting from the front lines of my hospital bed, and it _______ into a column I wrote for the New York _____, called "Life, Interrupted."

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  2. learned
  3. clinical
  4. times
  5. patients
  6. correspondent
  7. achieved
  8. fluent

Original Text

Over the next four years of chemo, a clinical trial and a bone marrow transplant, the hospital became my home, my bed, the place I lived 24/7. Since it was unlikely that I'd ever get better, I had to accept my new reality. And I adapted. I became fluent in medicalese, made friends with a group of other young cancer patients, built a vast collection of neon wigs and learned to use my rolling IV pole as a skateboard. I even achieved my dream of becoming a war correspondent, although not in the way I'd expected. It started with a blog, reporting from the front lines of my hospital bed, and it morphed into a column I wrote for the New York Times, called "Life, Interrupted."

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