My sister, Samiah, (from left to right, Hana, Aurelia, Anna and Samiah (in red)) is going through one of her life’s most challenging ordeals. I have shared some of her journey via Instagram posts, which you may read below. She has written her own words as well. And I am honored to share here what she has written.
Salamualaikum and Peace and blessings upon you
This year has been Epic in so many ways. My story, and my life took a whole new turn and in a way I did not see coming. Due to the global changes in our world, we decided to move to Alaska and in a moment’s notice we uprooted our entire life and moved away from everyone we love: our family, neighbors, friends, community, mosque, and even my loyal business team. We arrived in Anchorage on October 31: Brian, Logan, myself and our cat and bird, waiting for our new home in Talkeetna to close, But found ourselves in a holding position. Each step had to be redirected until, finally we resolved to settle in Anchorage until December 15th, reluctantly unloading our 40 foot container into a storage unit and parking ourselves in a studio apartment…
Once that was settled, I started to have neck pain, recurring and intensifying headaches, and unusual symptoms progressively worsening. My sweet husband Brian responded to every need, taking me to the chiropractor, then the acupuncturist only suspecting a kink in my neck due to the heavy stress and muscle tension from moving.
On Sunday December 6th my pain shifted sides and I felt my life force failing. We went to ER and discovered what was ailing me: to everyone’s shock, it was a brain tumor. I had one day to tell my family, one day to meet the brain surgeon, Dr. James Bales, and the following day, Wednesday December 9th, 2020 I was slowly walking into the hospital to face the next chapter.
As you know, I am the one writing this, so you know how that day went, Alhamdulillah! Allah not only gave me life anew, he showered me with gifts: A peace I never felt before, a feeling I had been cleansed from the inside out and a sanctuary far removed from toxic pollutants so that I may heal. This battle was won! Allah hu Akbar.
But wait, there’s more! I’ve come to understand that Allah is the Writer and we each play a character; and He chose for me a grand and dramatic “take your breath away” next chapter… a good story always has danger! We found out that the tumor was the fastest growing, most aggressive type, although I suspect it is very old in its original design. So this brings us to the unfolding, unwritten chapters ahead.
I have a battle ahead, and I suspect it won’t be easy, but I put my trust in Allah and with His Will I will rise to the occasion and have myself the most awesome fight. Allah gave each of us life and purpose and gave each the adaptations necessary for us to fulfill our purpose. In this adventure I feel like I’m Frodo with the ring, or Rocky with his boxing gloves. Whatever the story, I’m going to wish for some cheering and support from you. So let us find strength in numbers and strength in our Deen.
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Here are three ways to send your love and support. It is important to understand how special Allah made all of us, and how deeply connected we are, increasing this bond exponentially through this unexpected journey.
I have experienced the deepest peace and am honored to have experienced this trial. Allah is the greatest and He gave me a most beautiful gift: The bond to all who I love and all who love me. Every single person touched by this shockwave, this thunderbolt has felt pain and sadness. My message to you is to feel peace and celebrate as we have successfully won the first battle. You may express this joy by hand writing a card to Dr. James Bales and his team for accepting such a task and performing brain surgery in a most successful manner.
Many of you have asked to help in other ways. Having left my California home, meal trains and physical support are sadly no longer an option. However we would be delighted to receive your love via post. Sending your love in other special ways can be with gifts that warm the heart, each held in your hands, each special to you, each wrapped in colorful paper (bows and details included) would be most cherished by our family. What makes you happy, makes us happy.
Each of us has a specific purpose and ability. You may be the type who finds great joy in supporting us financially; a most noble and generous quality and a powerful contribution to facilitate healing. For you, an account is set up so we may purchase supplies and accommodate those who come to help. I have one request to add: Others are suffering so much more than I am, so I would like a portion to be redirected towards those in far greater needs.
May all your duas, prayers and well wishes be answered and may I rise to the occasion and face my next battles with a mighty spirit, and may our Creator heal me and leave no ailment behind, and may he do the same for all who are suffering. Celebrate this moment’s victory and spread hope and gratitude.
My deepest gratitude to Allah for giving me such incredible friends. Allah is the Greatest. I love the character He chose for me in this story of mankind, truly epic!
✨ ✨ ✨ 📖 ✨ ✨✨-Samiah Hinton, December 2020
Sending cards of gratitude to medical team
James Bales, MD and Team
Providence Health & Services
3831 Piper St, Ste S 450
Anchorage, AK 99508
Sending gifts and cards to Hinton family
Brian and Samiah Hinton #710
2521 E. Mountain Village Drive, Ste B
Wasilla, AK 99654
Sending financial support
PayPal at Brian@brianjhinton.com