Kayson’s story

Kayson and Kay Gurney

Kayson has cared for his 84-year-old mother Kay for the last seven years, after he moved back into the family home. He gave up his teaching job when he recognised she was beginning to forget things and how to do simple daily tasks. 

It’s heart breaking to see my mother deteriorate. As someone gets worse with dementia you take on more and more things you never thought you’d have to do.

“You become a carer purely out of love. There is little recognition, reward, or respite in caring for your loved one. But there is support from Carers in Bedfordshire and Alzheimer’s Society, to help your wellbeing, as well as support for the person you care for.

With my mother’s mind and memories continuing to fade as she began losing the battle to stay in the same reality as me, I got into writing poetry as I had to try and express how I felt. I attended the Carers in Bedfordshire Poetry Zoom Group and was also inspired by the stories of members of Alzheimer’s Society and Carers in Bedfordshire’s support group I attend with my mother. 

My poems are written from the heart and reference this relationship change, as well as the scale of fatigue you feel as a carer.” (You can buy Kayson’s book of poetry on Amazon)

A lot of people have no idea how hard caring is, it’s 24/7 you can’t just switch off.

Many carers do not see themselves as carers, because they are just doing what they can for a relative or friend. But if you are in a similar situation to Kayson and the person you care for couldn’t cope without you, we encourage you to register with us so you too can be supported.