I know how you feel! This has always been my favorite time of the year and this year in addition to the holidays we have moved my daughter's wedding up a year due to the diagnosis of my Mom and the deployment of her groom back to Iraq in January.
I have been home since Sunday in bed with a horrible bug and missing work and not getting anything done on my daughter's wedding which is on the 20th of December. This is a time I really want my Mom to be with me. I'm thankful to God that right now she is hanging on, doing reasonably well and able to go to church and out with my Dad. She is an amazing woman. Her diagnosis was an incidental finding when she had a bout with pleuracy while still working full time at 76. I didn't lose my grandmothers til they were in their mid nineties and fully expected to have my Mom with me for a much longer time.
I hate this horrible disease. I know the rage and frustration about this monster. Please know that you and your dear Peter will be in my thoughts and prayers during this holy season. I know that God has a plan and while we can't always see it, I know that He is there for me.
Please remember to take care of you the caregiver. Peter is lucky to have such a loving spouse. I wish I could take away all of our pain and sadness. Know that you are only a computer away from those of us that really understand what you're feeling.
Take care of the both of you.
My Mom lost her one year battle with CC on April 3, 2009.
"A prognosis is simply an audit of how truly precious each day is. Live each day to the maximum, celebrate what was, and what is - Don't spend your life looking forward to what will or might be." .... words of wisdom from my beloved son on hearing of his grandmother's CC prognosis.