Young Family Caregivers Face Many Struggles, Get Little Support

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Allegra Abramo

Keyona Vincent, 31, dropped out of high school in her senior year to nurse her mother, Isaocena Vincent, through colon cancer. Her mother's ongoing health problems have repeatedly thrust Keyona into the role of caregiver, where she often feels invisible. "People don't ask—they see my mother, but they don't ask, 'How are you doing?'"

When Keyona Vincent was a senior in high school, she dropped out. She wasn’t pregnant or on drugs. She didn’t have any of the other typical troubles that derail a young person’s life. In fact, she was on track to graduate from her Bronx magnet school with As and Bs. But Vincent decided one thing was more important than her education: her mother . . .

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