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Kimiko Does Cancer

A moving and honest graphic memoir about the unexpected cancer journey of Kimiko Tobimatsu, a young, queer, mixed-race woman.

Kimiko Tobimatsu, illustrated by Keet Geniza

At the age of 25, Kimiko Tobimatsu was a young, queer, mixed-race woman with no history of health problems whose world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an instant, she became immersed in a new and complicated life of endless appointments, evaluations, treatments and difficult conversations with her partner and parents. Kimiko knew that this wasn't what being twenty-five was supposed to be like ... but then, she didn't have a choice.

With tender illustrations by Keet Geniza, Kimiko Does Cancer is a graphic memoir that upends the traditional cancer narrative from a young woman's perspective, confronting issues such as dating while in menopause, navigating work and treatment and talking to well-meaning friends, health care professionals and other cancer survivors with viewpoints different from her own. Not one for pink ribbons or runs for the cure, Kimiko seeks connection within the cancer community while also critiquing the mainstream cancer experience.

Honest and poignant, Kimiko Does Cancer is about finding one's own way out of a health crisis. (From Arsenal Pulp Press)

Kimiko Tobimatsu is a lawyer from Toronto. Kimiko Does Cancer is her first book.

Keet Geniza is a comic artist who was born in Manila and now lives in Toronto. Kimiko Does Cancer is her first book.

Interviews with Kimiko Tobimatsu

Meet the Toronto lawyer who made a graphic memoir about her unexpected breast cancer journey

1 year ago
Duration 2:57
Kimiko Tobimatsu was diagnosed with breast cancer at 25. As a queer, mixed-raced woman, Tobimatsu quickly noticed blind spots in the medical community’s handling of reproductive cancers. She spoke to Kelda Yuen about her journey detailed in her new graphic memoir "Kimiko Does Cancer.” 2:57

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