A Turbulent Mind

A Poetry Collection of a Mother’s Journey with Alzheimer’s

Jay Artale

ATurbulentMind_3Dcov_thinAmid Alzheimer’s storm are rainbow moments that lead to pots of gold and flashes of sunshine that push dark clouds away. The 39 poems in this collection were inspired by the author’s experiences and interactions with her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The most useful thing those of us on the outside of this disease can do is live in the moment and embrace the moments of joy that still pass through every day.

Jay Artale has created a memorable collection of poems that scratch the surface of Alzheimer’s and make you aware of the multifaceted impact of a disease that is both cruel and unkind. She takes you on a journey through denial, anger, guilt, sadness, and acceptance. But she also doesn’t forget one of the most important elements – moments of joy. Her wry humor is sprinkled within this collection adding the emotional highs of the roller coaster ride she takes you on.

These moments of joy are something that Jay discovered after reading Jolene Brackey’s book “Creating Moments of Joy”, and they are the backbone of her coping mechanism she uses to navigate her caregiving interactions.

By her own admission this collection is not a literary wonderland. It’s a collection of lighthearted, but impactful, poetry that deals with a difficult topic in a unique and adventurous way – making it easy for a poetry sceptic to love. As well as getting a glimpse of Jay’s current relationship with her mother, we’re also awarded glimpses of the mother she once knew. The woman who was strong, determined, and always pragmatic. By adding this view into their past Jay manages to heighten the level of emotional response we experience while eavesdropping on their current reality.

For any carers, especially daughter and sons of dementia or Altzhimer’s sufferers, this collection pulls back the covers to reveal what it is like to embark on a journey into the unknown, and how the see-saw of emotions you encounter along the way cannot be planned for or pre-empted.

Take a moment from your hectic life, and the challenges of your day, to immerse yourself in a daughter’s journey with the mother she loves. Jay’s experiences are not unique. There are many other families going through the same scenarios and some much worse, but what is unique is Jay’s poetic take on her relationship, experiences, and the impact on those around her.

We hope that this book creates a moment of joy in your life, and brings you some solace and comfort while caregiving for your aging parents. Embrace your role and thank those around you who make the journey more comfortable and bearable.

swipe through these pages
to discover a tale
of Alzheimer’s rhymes
that fully regale
an enticing life, of
loss, laugher, and pain
and my mother’s memories
that can’t be regained
it’s a daughter’s attempt
to soothe a charred soul
which burns & then smolders
beneath her new role
tread gently inside, on
this journey of hope
with a balance of words
to help you to cope.

Available on Kindle


Author: Jay Artale

Originally from the flatlands and big skies of rural Norfolk in eastern England, Jay Artale now lives in Bodrum Turkey. In between, she spent two decades in Los Angeles where she juggled her day job as a project manager with her passions for writing, photography and international travel. In 2008, Jay bought a holiday home on the trendy Bodrum Peninsula along Turkey's beautiful Aegean coast. Despite its popularity with Turkish and international visitors, and a destination of choice for thousands of expatriates looking for their place in the sun, well-researched and comprehensive guides to the Peninsula were thin on the ground. Jay decided to plug this gap and enthusiastically set about capturing the local area in words and pictures. In 2010, Jay launched the her BodrumPeninsulaTravelGuide.com website to share her knowledge and experiences with a wider audience. What began life as random facts and observations, hand-written in little note books, has grown into a well-respected and popular travel site. In 2012, Jay began publishing free location-specific Quick Reference Travel Guides for the area. A full-blown guide seemed to be the next logical step. 'The Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey's Aegean Gem' Guide was published on Kindle in May 31st 2013, shortly followed by 'The Gumusluk Travel Guide: Bodrum's Silver Lining', which in an in-depth look at the popular fishing village on the Bodrum Peninsula that attracts visitors from Turkey's major cities, and further afield. Not content to limit herself to writing Travel Guides, Jay has started to write How To guides for other travel writers to elevate their writing from one-dimensional to engaging. These writing guides will help travel bloggers and travel writers reach more readers and grow their social following. As well as stand-alone writing guides, Jay is writing a series about How To Write a Travel Guide. Jay has also started to publish poetry collections. Her first "Turkey Tales" is a Memoir in Verse, recounting her experiences about moving to Turkey. This is just the first in her poetry collections, and there are many more in the works.

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