Hazel is a seventeen-year-old girl with cancer. Her mom believes that Hazel suffers from depression. Hazel's doctor agrees. As a result, Hazel's medications are adjusted, and she is encouraged to attend a Support Group on a weekly basis. The group is comprised of others who either have cancer or had cancer. The purpose of the group is to provide support and coping skills as members fight their illnesses. Hazel shares that each member takes a turn stating his or her name, diagnosis, and age. Sometimes, they talk about dying. Hazel realizes that there is a certain level of competition that takes place among the members of the support group. For example, Hazel was given a "20 percent chance of living five years." She does the math and realizes that she needs to outlive four people in her support group. Although she attempts to stop going, Hazel realizes that she attends to make her parents happy.