I remember the day we got the diagnosis. We left the doctor's office and headed for the pharmacy - to get more pain meds. We were in shock, but you keep doing normal stuff even though you are in shock. You drive and chat and then you have to call your son and tell him. Then it is real and the future seems hopeless and frightening.
And it has been all of that.
Things like receiving this certificate bring the reality into sharp, painful focus. He would be proud of this.