When Gina Poe lost her mom to breast cancer, she was devastated. Michal Poe, a 68-year-old home hospice social worker, had been the rock of the family, carrying on with humor and strength even as her disease became more advanced.
After her death in February, though, Gina discovered her mother wasn’t just the rock of the Poe family; she was also a loved and celebrated member of a “virtual family” of advanced breast cancer patients from around the world who talked daily on the website, Inspire.com. Now Gina has embraced the family she didn’t even know existed. She even invited them to attend her mom’s celebration of life service on yesterday -- delayed, at her mother's request until spring, when the flowers would be out -- and livestreamed video for the online group members who couldn't come in person.