Let's get the looming mystery out of the way, shall we?
On Jane the Virgin Season 4 Episode 13, Xiomara uttered the words no one ever wants to hear from their loved ones: "I have breast cancer."
The reveal stung. It was only a short time earlier that Xo told both Rogelio and Jane her tumor was benign.
Later, she admitted that Rogelio was too excited about his meeting with River Fields, and she didn't want to ruin it for him.
Of course, this changes everything for Jane, who has been guided by Xo most of her life.
On the bright side, this is a group strong, resilient women and they have weathered many storms together -- remember when Alba got pushed down the stairs and briefly, we didn't know if it was fatal? Or when Mateo got kidnapped?
And who can forget when Michael died?
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Yes, the latter definitely had a tragic ending, but my point is they have the backbone to get through this. And hopefully, they caught it early enough that Xiomara will be able to beat it.
I know the show is steeped in reality, well, as much as it can be for a telenovela, but it's always so uplifting I wouldn't want it to bring our spirits down too much.
The theme of mother and daughter relationships was at the forefront of the episode as Jane realized just how thankful she is for her mother, who has been fighting in her corner ever since she was born.
In fact, she was so inspired by the dynamic, she found motivation for her next novel. No worries; it's still a romance genre, just a different kind of romance.
And given Xiomara's diagnosis, I imagine Jane will find much more inspiration in the coming days.
We are not going to worry until we have something to worry about, understand?
Xiomara Permalink: We are not going to worry until we have something to worry about, understand? Added: March 12, 2018 I'm actually surprised she didn't mention it to Rafael, the only person in the family who has dealt with cancer and beat it.
You would think that Jane would want his reassurance and some insight into the road ahead.
Going forward, their relationship will surely strengthen as she'll be able to lean on him. The same goes for Petra, who can give her insight on what it's like to love someone who is fighting through it.
It's possible Jane didn't want to burden Rafael more as he was already in a tizzy trying to find out anything he could about his birth mother. Without Luisa, there was absolutely no way he could locate the original birth records.
Thankfully, Jane's assignment about writing the same story from the point of view of a secondary character lead them straight to her! Luisa was hiding out in Longbourne, which is where her mother went when she was deemed crazy.
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