I walk in memory and honor of my father, Robert Warren Sexauer, who I lost on October 28, 2012. It was the most devastating day of my life! I was one of the primary caregivers for my father who was diagnosed with Dementia. My father was my best friend, my hero and was my parent/caregiver growing up. We did everything together....fishing, boating, hunting. The roles reversed and he could not do many of the things he enjoyed in the past, nor could he remember all of them. Due to the Dementia and other physical impairments, we had to put him in a nursing home. I promised my father I would never do this but my family and I had no choice. We made the transition and I received a lot of support from the Southeastern Alzheimers Association, family, friends and nursing home staff. I was very fortunate that he knew who I was till his dying day. Alzheimers can sometimes work in your favor. In March of 2012 we had to make a horrible decision for my father, since he was not able. We had to have his leg amputated above the knee. Ironically because of the Dementia he did not seem to know that the leg was gone. So sometimes God makes bad things turn good in some instances. Being a caregiver for a person with Dementia can be mentally and physically exhausting. However, never let this interfere with your love or your compassion to give your loved one the best quality of life possible. That is what I strived to do every day! Thank you for walking to end Alzheimer's and for being supportive of the Southeastern Alzheimers Association. Together we can all make a difference and find a cure for this devastating disease!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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