|Community out in full force to support Gaughan
If you have gotten your hair cut by Diana Gaughan at her corner shop “Just Teasin,’” she might have told you how, despite owning and running her own salon, she has never worked a day in her life.
“It’s not a job,” said Gaughan’s husband, Joe, of his wife’s practice in a phone interview. “It’s something she loves.”
Recently, though, Gaughan has not been able to make it into her shop and do the job she loves. Instead, her time has been spent in and out of the hospital, physical therapy and her sickbed at home. In May, Gaughan suffered a brain aneurysm, just after her 51st birthday, and her health has not improved much since then. By the end of July, Gaughan had suffered another aneurysm and underwent multiple surgeries. With a second aneurysm and multiple stents placed in her head to drain fluid, doctors tell Gaughan they expect her to have a full recovery, but do not know how long it will take, said Joe.
Doing what you love tends to bring you to people you love, and some of Gaughan’s friends in the community have come together to help their hairdresser friend in any way possible, whether it is raising money for her medical bills or helping keep things at Just Teasin’ clipping along.
Gaughan has been an active member of the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce, where she finds delight helping other small businesses like her own and enjoys giving back to her community, said her husband.
According to Joe, Gaughan has always gone out of her way to help others in her community. Since her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer some years ago, Gaughan has volunteered with the American Cancer Society, arranging hair donations for chemotherapy patients and styling wigs for free.
For its part, the Chamber is raising money to donate to Gaughan and her husband to help offset some medical bills. The webpage, www.giveforward.com/fundraider/shc3/diana-gaughan, has a short, but sweet explanation about Gaughan and her health. Just above that is a picture of a smiling Gaughan sitting on her husbands lap at her salon. According to the site, the fundraising goal is set at $50,000, but according to the couple, anything helps.
“It’s been a blessing in some respects,” said Joe. “You get to know who your friends are. We appreciate all the help the chamber and our friends have given us…it’s been a blessing to know all these people.”
Some help is also coming from Gaughan’s beauty school instructor, Chuck Kaufman, who has been volunteering to attend to Gaughan’s shop. During his free time, days off or even time after class, Kaufman has been working from Just Teasin,’ cutting hair for Gaughan’s clients. All the money he makes is dedicated to the store and to Gaughan.
Joe explained his wife to be an active, passionate person always on the move to find something fulfilling in her day, whether it be tutoring students at a beauty school, volunteering for the Cancer Society or cutting and styling hair at her shop. He said she is a strong and determined woman and not even her poor health has changed that.
“I’m not done yet,” Gaughan said over the phone.
There are 54 days left to donate on the website, where you can also give ‘hugs’ and share comments and send messages to show your support.