While dementia extinguished my grandfather's memories, the losses also eased his pain

This First Person article is written by Julia Dima, a first-generation Romanian-Canadian queer person who lives in Regina and works in communications for non-profits. For more information about First Person stories, see the FAQ.

I was just a teenager, distracted by grades and boys, when my grandfather was diagnosed with vascular dementia. 

I was not prepared for who I would become in Dumitru’s final years: his caregiver, his nurse and, with his lapses in memory, his daughter on some days and a stranger on others. Seldom myself.

There were hard days, tears, feelings of failure and the continued grief of watching his mind deteriorate. But there were also moments of great joy and

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