UNM Honors College Professor publishes life experience as comic-diary

April 21, 2023 - Savannah Peat

Amaris Feland Ketcham

Combining art, storytelling and something personal: that’s the final product coming from UNM Honors College Professor. 

Amaris Feland Ketcham has just published Unfiltered: A Cancer Year Diary, through Casa Urraca Press. Ketcham wrote and illustrated a moving collection of comic-styled diary entries, regarding her husband’s experience with kidney cancer.

It’s something she’s always created, but something she found she needed during the diagnosis, treatment and remission.

“Diary comics can act as a healing art, fostering healing through creativity and promoting wellness and coping skills,” Ketcham said.

Throughout the diary, she shares her feelings, experiences and lets loose the occasional humor, all while generating impressive art. It’s important to see, she shows, how life does not stop completely when a terrible medical diagnosis enters the picture. Things like feeding cats, hikes and eating new things together, continue on.

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