With the clarity of hindsight, pieces of the puzzle now slip easily into place. A declining tennis game; his vivid dreams; an inability to make routine decision ---- events that were seemingly unrelated ---- all caused by the same brain disorder.
But for years, Charles "Chuck" Lewis Walker's family searched in vain for answers while the hodgepodge of symptoms continued to baffle physicians.
Doctors would eventually diagnose Walker with Lewy body dementia, a progressive brain disease that claimed his life in 2007.
"It was easier after we had the diagnosis," said his daughter, Melissa Inez Walker of Escondido. "Then we knew what to expect and what his limitations were."
In honor of her father, Walker is hosting an art exhibition from Aug. 9-Sept. 6 at Distinction Gallery and Artist Studios in Escondido (www.distinctionart.com). She's hoping to raise $10,000 for the Lewy Body Dementia Association and in doing so, heighten the public's awareness of this condition.