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Susannah  Meadows

Susannah Meadows

Former Senior Writer for Newsweek & Author of The Other Side of Impossible

Susannah Meadows

Former Senior Writer for Newsweek & Author of The Other Side of Impossible


Susannah Meadows is a former senior writer at Newsweek Magazine. Over the course of a decade there, she had a chance to write about everything, covering the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and, for over a year, the Duke Lacrosse scandal. Meadows also wrote about Hillary Clinton, Serena Williams, bull-riding, the Christian Right, and Columbine. Assigned to John Kerry’s plane, she reported on the 2004 presidential race and later became senior politics editor for Newsweek.com.

After contributing book reviews to the New York Times Book Review for many years, Meadows started writing the Newly Released column for the paper's Arts section in 2010.

Since 2002, she has been a contributor to The New York Times. In 2013, Meadows wrote The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints, in the New York Times Magazine about her young son's arthritis and her family's efforts to help him get better using a variety of therapies, including changing his diet. The story became the basis of her new book, The Other Side of Impossible. The book shares the real-life stories of seven families who persisted when faced with difficult health conditions and when traditional medicine alone wasn’t enough. The Other Side of Impossible was featured on Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, and NPR, as well as in Oprah Magazine and The New York Times. The Times’ Jane Brody said the “compelling stories left me in awe,” and Buzzfeed said it was “really moving and inspiring.” Curtis Sittenfeld wrote: “An amazing book—insightful, compassionate, and quite possibly life-changing.”

She has appeared on CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, Charlie Rose, and The Brian Lehrer Show. She lives with her husband and twin sons in Brooklyn.

Speaker Videos

TEDx: Confronting Chronic Disease and Refusing to Give Up

Going Beyond Conventional Medicine

Discussing ‘The Other Side of Impossible’ on FOX

Making Changes in Diet can Change Lives

Overcoming Shepherd's Arthritis with Alternative Methods

Speech Topics

The Other Side of Impossible: Confronting Chronic Disease & Refusing To Give Up

When Susannah Meadows’ son was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, they were told that his illness would never go away. When he made an astonishing full recovery, it was both a gift and a revelation. Perhaps "incurable" isn't the brick wall we assume it to be. Meadows, a journalist and the author of The Other Side of Impossible, discovered others who came back from diseases considered irreversible including food allergies, multiple sclerosis, intractable epilepsy, and rheumatoid arthritis. In this moving, personal talk, Meadows shares what she learned about hope and the refusal to give up. She also delves into the science to show why perseverance itself may be a prescription for recovery.