Life as a carer: ‘It doesn’t feel natural that you become your mam’s mam’
Martina Murphy discusses the challenges of caring for both her son and mother
Martina Murphy with her two-year-old son Ethan in their home in Lusk. Martina cares for her mother since her father passed away. Photograph: Alan Betson
“I knew there had to be a name for it,” Martina Murphy says as we discuss her carer role as part of the “sandwich generation” – the name given to those caring for both young families and elderly parents.
“I left work to care for my dad when he got cancer, then had my little boy the week before he passed away.”