My mother has stage 4 ovarian cancer, meaning that it has spread to other organs. But cancer is also spreading amongst my mother's circle of girlfriends and loved ones. My mother's good friends, Lois, Jane, and Bernice have breast cancer. My mother's long-time friend, Alora, has lung cancer that has spread. My mother's friend and former co-worker, Evelyn, has skin cancer. Of her dear friends, Gwen is the only one who has passed away from cancer that invaded her intestines. What I wonder is why is cancer spreading through this circle of friends so viciously? But what I am most proud to reflect on is how heroic each of these women are as they battle cancer for each other!