I just found out that a friend from my son's school has terminal cancer. I've known her casually for about 4 years, her two sons are the same age as my sons - 4 and 7, our kids are friends at school and daycare. This was very sudden - she wasn't sick at new years, and they decided not to tell everyone (aside from school teachers etc), but her husband told my partner last week that she only has a couple of weeks to live. We have to go to her 7 year olds b'day party today, but probably won't see her unless she is feeling really good. I'm in shock and just so incredibly sad for her and her family. Her four year old will barely remember her, and her spirited 7 year old really needs his mum - this is going to be a devastating loss for them. I can't imagine how to say goodbye to your children, and just knowing that you'll never see them grow up.
Other people had heard rumours that she was sick, but I hadn't heard, and am totally devastated.