After being diagnosed with breast cancer, French illustrator Lili Sohn found a unique way to deal with the situation and keep her friends and family updated - she started a comic.

Wednesday 10 February 2016      Guest blog
Tchao Günther: A comic blog about breast cancer

In February 2014, at the age of 29, illustrator Lili Sohn was diagnosed with breast cancer. In order to keep her family and friends up to date on what was happening, and so she could vent whenever she needed to, she decided to create a comic blog called ‘Tchao Günther’.

Talking about her reasons behind the blog, Lili says:

“I don’t want people looking at me with sad puppy eyes (sad kitty eyes), I don’t need pity. What I really need is cosmic energy! And heck, if this makes you wanna check your boobs, or your girlfriend’s, then so much the better!”

Lili Sohn Tchao Gunther breast cancer comic

The comic, which she has been publishing online in French since her diagnosis, is not only informative and inspiring, but also very funny. She chronicles her day-to-day life, from being diagnosed with breast cancer to going through treatment, with honesty and humour, and tries to laugh at even the most horrific and absurd things.

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The first two episodes of her comic have now been translated into English, so those of us who don’t understand French can enjoy them too.

So if you like what you've seen, and you want to find out why she chose the German name Günther or what went through her mind when she was first diagnosed, visit her blog to read the episodes in full.

Please note that treatment for breast cancer in France may differ from the treatment for breast cancer in the UK.


About the author

Lili Sohn was born in 1984 in Strasbourg, France and grew up reading every comic book in her local library. She went on to study applied arts, graphic design, video and visual arts, living with other talented artists who helped her discover illustration and comic books. She lived in Montreal, Quebec for seven years and worked as a graphic designer in the video game industry. She currently lives in Marseille.