Jamila and Brian Barefield (Brian is Houston Style's sports writer.)

Jamila and Brian Barefield (Brian is Houston Style's sports writer.)

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Mila’s Journey: One Woman’s Fight Against Colon Cancer

“This has got to be a joke,” thought Jamila Barefield. Yes, a very crude and ill joke that someone was playing on her. But there were no lights, no cameras, or studio audience. It was just her lying in a bed surrounded by four blank walls with tubes everywhere staring blankly in the face of a doctor. And in a very cold, disconnected matter, the doctor parted his lips and utter three horrific words, “You have cancer.”