Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Dale Rigby, Director, Dr. Kelly Reames, Dr. David J. Bell

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


My dad had early onset Alzheimer’s disease. I first knew something was wrong with him in 1995. He was 49 then, and I was just about to start the eighth grade. That’s the summer his company backed him into a corner and told him to quit or be fired. He had worked there 14 years. They said his behavior was changing, and they thought he was doing it on purpose. It took seven years to get an actual diagnosis. The doctors looked for everything. They just thought he was too young.

I’ve relied on materials found in my parents’ house from those days. But I’ve also let my imagination run, and added some forms of my own. Besides, isn’t life just one series of what actually happened and then the years we spend looking backward at our own memories trying to sort it out? This is my Dad’s story. And, it’s my story too.


English Language and Literature | Life Sciences