For decades, Max and Dian Wendroff have been inseparable.
“Thirty years that we’ve known each other,” Max Wendroff said. “I don’t think we’ve been more than a stone’s throw apart for a total of one month.”
The Iva couple were confronted with challenges in January.
Dian was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
As it grew more difficult for her to remember things, they made adjustments. Dian went into assisted living care while Max continued to work.
But that arrangement did not suit Max.
“I realized it was all futile. The only way I’d be happy was to be with my wife,” he said.
Max quit his job and decided they would hit the road together.
“Traveling is what we do best. It takes your mind off of your illness,” Dian Wendroff said.
For the last four months, they have made new memories across the country.
Their next destinations are New Orleans and Texas.
The journey has made them closer.
Dian says no matter how long the journey lasts, some things are unforgettable.
The couple says their future plans are to be together and just be happy.
“I’m going to take this to the very very end. I’ll be with my wife as long as I can, as long as I can hold on,” Max said.
Max is posting updates from their journey to a Facebook page so their story can inspire other families battling the disease.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s.