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Mila ' s fight for life

Organized by: Jamila Barefield

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On March 10, 2014 I was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery to remove my appendix. I woke up the next day in the ICU alone and confused. The resident came and asked the usual questions, do you know where you are and what is your name. After responding she informed me that they did perform an appendectomy however a tumor was discovered, removed and biopsied. Then she said the words I'll never forget ..I'm sorry, but you have colon cancer. WHAT! How did this happen? My mother was diagnosed two years prior. And it has shown it's stupid face again. Four days after surgery, my surgeon came and spoke with my husband and I. His news wasn't any better. Mrs Barefield, I apologize but a year ago you were misdiagnosed with colitis. You had colon cancer and now your at stage 4. It has spread to the peritoneal wall. You will require another surgery to remove it from the stomach layer after 3 months of chemotherapy. I started my first round 4 weeks after surgery. Things were moving very quickly and healing from the surgery wasn't a priority. I chose to finish my chemotherapy in GA before the surgery. However another twist of events occurred. Tricare is refusing to pay for surgery stating that it hasn't been proven effective on colon patients. However data has proven otherwise and without this surgery my life expectancy is a mere 6% with maybe 2-4 yrs to live. Cancer causes a lot of things but it doesn't cause bills to stop, travel expenses to cease. And insurance companies to cooperate. Anything given small or large will greatly be appreciated. God bless you.


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