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The Orange Journal

I Was Only 12 When Dad Got Dementia

I’m 24, and he will never forget who I am. That, I’m certain of.

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Me and my dad!

He came home from his job as a cook at the prison–it was an odd gig. His voice cracked as he admitted to my mom that he had been fired because he was smuggling cigarettes to inmates. A look of defeat and hopelessness hung over him.

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