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Maureen Anlauf Fights Lyme Disease
You knew her as an acclaimed hair-stylist, a nine-time nominee and
three-time winner of the Professional Beauty Association’s annual
North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). Her collections were
ethereal, futuristic, geometric, bold and daring. One imaginative
collection involved the use of more than 80,000 feet of fiber-optic
tubing. If you had the pleasure of sitting in her chair at Juut Salon Spa
in St. Paul, MN, you enjoyed the experience of her studied eye and
Zen-like focus, and you had a haircut that invited compliments from
But in 2010, after 15 years of suffering the devastating effects of
undiagnosed Lyme Disease, Maureen Anlauf put her artist’s tools
away. She could no longer control the tremors in her hands or guide
the scissors or color brushes with her signature precision. She could no
longer find the words to hold up her end of a conversation. Her weeks-
long migraine headaches made the light of day unbearable, and the
profound fatigue, memory loss, confusion, debilitating pain, anxiety
and insomnia brought on by the disease made work and interaction
with others impossible. She drew the shades and retreated into
We aim to bring her back into the light. After many misdiagnoses
and futile medical interventions, Maureen was finally diagnosed
with late-stage Lyme Disease in 2011. The tick-borne illness, which
has gone unchecked for at least 15 years, has done much damage.
Maureen’s only hope of recovery is an intensive 18-month treatment
program, starting with eight months of IV-administered antibiotics.
The treatment will cost more than $100,000 and is not covered by
It’s too late for a quick cure for Maureen. But it’s not too late for
those of us who love her and admire and appreciate her work to help
her. Please consider making a donation toward her medical expenses
today. Time is of the essence.
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