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Mattaq's Journal (Entry #1)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Sunday, August 17, 2008

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Sikik Eegeesiak's brother, Mattaq, writes to let friends/family know how his sister is faring. Sikik is now in the hospital.

Sunday, August 17, 2008, Barrow, Alaska~

Dear Journal~

This is Sikik's older brother, Mattaq, writing. 

I am writing to let you know that my sister is in the hospital.  Her health has taken a sharp turn for the worse; I'm scared that it won't be long until she dances among the Northern Lights.  She is very ill.

As you know from past entries from my sister, she has been suffering from multiple sclerosis, as well as fibromyalgia.  Well, her doctor surmised that the type of MS she has is the fatal, progressive kind.  She seemed to be doing better; however, a few weeks back, her health got worse, and now doctors think she is dying.

The news was most upsetting.  We've already lost our parents, grandparents; now we face the same fate with our younger sister.  Sikik has always been full of life, joy; she never let things get her down.  I don't know what we are going to do if we were to lose Sikik; it would probably devastate us.

It doesn't seem fair:  Sikik is not even fifty; she doesn't deserve to suffer as she has as of late.  It's been so hard seeing her health deterioate.  We've tried to be there for her, help her in any way possible, but when we leave, we cry.  We always cry.

Sikik is in Anchorage, at the medical center there.  The reason she's in is because her blood count is so low; she's severely anemic, plus her kidneys are failing.  They are keeping a close eye on her, giving her blood transfusions, trying to stave off any further damage to her kidneys.  She's currently in the Intensive Care there, where she can be closely monitored.

Some of the brothers and sisters are in Anchorage; meanwhile, I'm here in Barrow, trying to keep watch over Sikik's apartment.  She lives in a real nice apartment for people with disabilities, and it's been a lot easier on her.

Sikik now uses an electric scooter to get around, and she's lost all ability to walk, do many things.  She needs a lot of help in getting bathed, dressed, fed, etc.  It's been hard on us, yet we Inuit are tough; we try to help each other in times of need, trouble.

I will continue to keep you updated about Sikik's failing health.  Hopefully she'll be around for a while yet, but right now, things look questionable at best.  All I can do is pray to the Great Spirit, pray for a break for our suffering sister as she fights this latest health battle.

Take care and please think of us in the days, weeks ahead. 

~Mattaq Eegeesiak, brother to Sikik Grace. :(  

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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 8/18/2008
Don't tak it as fair or unfair because you will be using precious time which should be used to show your sis all the love you have for her, and pray with all your heart that she be well..

Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/17/2008
It is always hard to watch a sibling suffer and begin to fade knowing their is little we can do but hope. Like the idea of in death "dancing beneath the Northern lights
magical touch to it.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 8/17/2008
H e a r t b r e a k i n g.
Reviewed by Charlie 8/17/2008
I've been reading a lot about change tonight... some for the good, some for the worse. Sounds like her family cares for her deeply. --Charlie
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/17/2008
I, too, hope the best for Sikik, I've come to love her through your words. Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 8/17/2008
So very sad as Mattaq worries over his sick sister, the news he shares is heartbreaking and I wish the best for Sikik. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/17/2008
This is heartbreaking, I was hoping Sikkik would improve well done though
In Christs Love

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