Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Nov. 20, 2000

Local beauticians help Dassel stylist

By Lynda Jensen

Soft spoken, kind, and caring - that is how Theresa Christensen, Cokato, describes her friend Shelly Ahmed.

Ahmed, 33, is a Dassel beautician who works part-time at the Good Samaritan Center in Howard Lake - and who has major health problems.

Christensen, who works at Shape and Style, Howard Lake, went to school with Ahmed at the Willmar campus of Ridgewater College.

The health problems started as soon as Ahmed opened her own business last year, just south of Gary's Family Foods in Dassel.

First, her husband, Muneer, had a heart attack. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with diabetes.

Almost as soon as her husband was out of the hospital, Shelly herself ended up in the hospital when she had a stroke.

Once there, she stayed there for more than a month. Doctors diagnosed her with two arteries leaking in her heart, she said.

Then they discovered that the arteries along her neck were completely blocked except one that was closed 70 percent.

Now, she must check her blood pressure every two to four hours

Her right kidney is not functioning as well. She has two stints in her legs from an aneurism.

"I fell apart," Ahmed said. Prior to this, she enjoyed perfect health.

Ahmed is scheduled for an angiogram Dec. 11.

To lend support, at least four beauticians from Shape and Style plan to help: Donna Christensen, (Theresa's mother), Howard Lake, Patty Lehner, Waverly, and Michelle Hofer, Howard Lake.

Funds will be raised at a "cut-a-thon" Sat., Dec. 2, starting at 8 a.m. at Shear Elegance, 431 Second Street S. (just south of Gary's Family Foods), Dassel.

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