Annus Horribilis roughly translated from the Latin means a Very Bad Year.
This year I broke my back in April and we suffered through two major hurricanes in September and October. This month, our only child, Patrick, called to inform us that he has been diagnosed with cancer. It is a systemic cancer, involving his kidneys, liver and pancreas. The tests have been ongoing. He's scheduled for surgery on Tuesday to remove a tumor on his liver. Tests on that will determine what chemo drugs will best treat his particular cancer.
He and his wife just moved to NYC for jobs where fortunately, hopefully, he is likely getting some of the best care available in the world. He has a form of cancer called extragonadal germ cell cancer which is very similar to what the famous bicyclist Lance Armstrong had but Pat's was luckily caught much earlier. It's highly treatable we're told and we can only support him, hope and pray for the best.
He's only 31 years old. Life really sucks sometimes.