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Tokimonsta poses for a portrait at Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 17 September 2014.

TOKiMONSTA’s incredible story

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Californian artist TOKiMONSTA, also known as Jennifer Lee, recently relearned how to walk, speak, and make music after needing multiple brain surgeries to cure a genetic condition. Huh?

Stories like this are always great to hear, especially when they seem harder to find each week. Thankfully, people like TOKiMONSTA exist, and are willing to share the details of their interesting and inspiring experiences. Few struggles measure up to what TOKiMONSTA has overcome, and the insight is appreciated. She posted a lengthy message on Facebook, while linking to an article on Pitchfork, where she expanded on the types of battles she’s faced since the fall of 2015. It’s a must-read.

“The only way to treat Moyamoya is brain surgery. I had two options: either sit with it and possibly die thinking about what I should do, or do the surgery as soon as possible. That was December 2015. I set up surgery for the first week of January.” – TOKiMONSTA via Pitchfork

By April of 2016, TOKiMONSTA was performing at Coachella, and would go on to tour throughout the year. The road there wasn’t easy or very fun, but we’re all happy she’s made it to where she’s at today, and was willing to share. A fan-favorite and Northwest regular, TOKiMONSTA performs in Seattle at the Showbox on Saturday, September 16, while making additional stops in Portland and Eugene around the Emerald City show. On top of all of that, she has her fifth studio-album due out in October. Huh.

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