Anna has stage 4 cancer in her sinuses. She is bedridden and in terrible pain.
Her 17 year old son Anthony is suddenly having to learn how to keep house, work, pay bills, and cope with the fact that he will be completely alone when his mother dies - they are the last of their family.
This is right out of no where; they only found out a few days ago what was wrong with Anna - I guess it started off as a headache last week some time, and progressed very, very quickly.
On top of all this, Anthony is in the middle of his diploma exams for Grade 12 first semester, including his provincials.
They are getting a lot of help from their parish, which is really nice to see. The ladies of the CWL are going over every day to help Anthony with the housekeeping, and to do whatever they can for Anna.