I want to introduce you to my dear friend Maureen. For many years, she was my most trusted confidante. I sat in her chair every 4-6 weeks and shared only the secrets you share with the one you trust the most. Of course, I am talking about my hair stylist! She was my trusted hairdresser for nearly 8 years, only parting ways when I moved to Texas. When I returned to Minnesota and looked Maureen up, I learned she had retired her scissors due to being diagnosed with late-stage Chronic Lyme Disease.
After hearing the news, I recalled a few different conversations Maureen and I had over the years about nagging health complications she was experiencing, like insomnia, thyroid problems, food allergies and anxiety. And the last few haircuts, I noticed her hands were a little shaky, but just thought she had one too many cups of coffee. Little did I know, she was experiencing worsening symptoms of the undiagnosed disease.
As is often too common, Maureen went to doctors and specialists to get to the bottom of her symptoms. For years she was troubled with one health complication after another. It wasn't until she was forced to stop doing what she had a burning passion for, all things related to hair, was she able to get to the root cause of her ill-health.
In 2011, after being unable to work for close to three years, Maureen was diagnosed with late-stage Chronic Lyme Disease. The tick-borne illness, which had gone unchecked for at least 15 years, had done much damage.
Maureen's only hope of recovery is an intensive 18-month treatment program which will cost more than $100,000 and is not covered by insurance. It's too late for a quick cure for Maureen. But it's not too late to help her.
Would you PLEASE consider MAKING A DONATION toward her medical expenses? Every dollar is a dollar that will help save her life!
Maureen is an acclaimed hair-stylist, a nine-time nominee and three-time winner of the Professional Beauty Association's annual North American Hairstyling Awards. I had the pleasure of sitting in her chair at Juut Salon Spa in St. Paul, MN, and enjoyed the experience of her studied eye and Zen-like focus, and many haircuts over the years that invited compliments from passers-by.
I realize you don't know Maureen like I do, but I do believe to whom much is given much is required. I have been blessed beyond my wildest dream with the reach Healthy Living How To and my Facebook has in terms of readership. With nearly 200,000 unique visitors a month, if only half of you gave just $1, Maureen would reach her goal and have the money necessary to pay her medical bills. Now that would be AWESOME! Please, if it is on your heart at all, consider investing in her life! You will be rewarded. I am certain.
My Sincerest Gratitude,
A Note From Maureen – What it's like living with Lyme Disease
For those of you who don't know and have wondered where I've gone…I am battling and suffering Chronic/Late Stage Lyme Disease. This disease has taken away my life. A life I loved so much. I am unable to do the thing that made me the happiest…HAIR. I miss it and want it back! My disease has progressed so severely that I am now basically homebound with a few “good” days in which I have a few good hours to be able to drive to a few places that I know how to get to and how to get myself home without getting lost.
I have a 4mm lesion in my brain and have limited blood flow on both sides…mostly on right side. My neuro-radiologist says I'm going backwards and have the brain of a seventeen year old. I have not only the brain stuff but the body stuff too. I have so many symptoms that I could probably fill an entire legal pad of paper. It feels like I have the flu every day of my life and then add chronic fatigue syndrome, some Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, MS, and fibromyalgia.
I was finally diagnosed in late 2011 and have fought ever since, to only get worse.
I am now seeing a specialist in Washington, DC who only treats Lyme disease. He's brilliant!!! I have nearly completed the first phase where he's calmed down my CNS to get my body ready to very soon start the BIG treatment. An intense 18-month treatment plan starting with 8 months of IV antibiotics. This is going to be the worst part of it all. I'm going to get incredibly sick before I start feeling better. This journey will be the hardest thing I've ever done in my life.
I need lots and lots of prayers, thoughts, strength, mojo, and courage sent my way!