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  • My Sisterhood Story

    When I sit back and think about my story, I instantly get filled with emotion. So much has happened over the last ten years, but I’m proud to say that I’m still standing, still strong, and still positive about my future. Typically, when I share my story, I tell people I’ve lived two lives. Which, after you read my story, you’ll see that I really kind of have…

    The “first life” starts with my job as a flight attendant. After graduating LSU in May of 1990, I took to the skies working for Delta Airlines starting that July. It was such an exciting time in my life, flying across the globe, experiencing new cultures and new places, and taking in all of the beautiful locations I got to visit. Over the 19 years that I was a flight attendant, I lived in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and New York City. While in NYC, I started doing international flights, allowing me to go to every continent except Antarctica. I was living and working out of New York when the 9/11 attack happened. As you can imagine, that really shook me and made me think about my future. Shortly after, my life as a jet setter ended. I retired from Delta and moved home to Baton Rouge.

    Nearly 20 years after graduating from college, I started my “second life.” I found myself in love with Baton Rouge and a very special man. In 2009, I opened my own business, got married, and decided to start a family. My feet were grounded for the very first time and I absolutely loved it!

    Woman’s Hospital holds a very special place in my heart.  Being a first time mom at 41, everyone was so supportive and encouraging, especially my OB/GYN, Dr. Ann Lafranca. I often share my story with moms-to-be that are older because I think it’s important they know that just because they are older doesn’t mean the experience is any less special. When my husband and I found out we were going to have a baby, I didn’t do testing, didn’t find out what I was having or anything like that, we just let God lead the way.  Nine months later, we were blessed with our daughter, Josie, who was quickly followed by our son Davis in 2010.

    As an older mom, I made sure to make my health a main priority. I went in for my routine mammogram in May of 2016. I remember it vividly for several reasons; it was the day after Mother’s Day and the day that my world was turned upside down. After my mammogram and leaving the hospital, I received a call saying they wanted me to go back for another exam. It’s never a call any woman wants to receive, but I also knew that callbacks weren’t uncommon. To ease my nerves, I reached out to my dear friend, Dr. Cecilia Cuntz, who is also a breast surgeon. I asked if there was any way she can look over my results and let me know what she thought. She called me back and said it would be a good idea to come back in and have a 3D Mammogram for further review. So I did, and from there it was confirmed that I had breast cancer and was diagnosed with DCIS stage 0 – Negative for the BRCAA gene.

    No one that gets the call about cancer is every really the same again.  It changes your life from then on.

    Initially, I was in complete shock. I would often cry in the shower, over and over again, thinking that my children needed their mom and I still had so much more to teach them about life and love and being kind to others. I had several close friends who had lost their moms at a young age because of cancer and I knew how hard it was for them. I didn’t want that for my children! At the time, Josie was finishing first grade and Davis kindergarten. After several conversations, my husband and I decided not to tell the kids, we decided they were too young and didn’t want to scare them or have them worry about my well-being. I was never really scared for me; my fears were always about my family.

    Following a cancer diagnosis, you are flooded with so much information.  It is absolutely overwhelming!  There are so many options and things to read and learn about. I remember the moment that I settled down and realized I was ready to “fight” the disease.  I was at home one evening and I got a call from Dr. Lafranca, my OB/GYN.  She talked me through the diagnosis, statistics, and lots of other things. While her voice was soft, it was so supportive and sure I would beat this. In that moment, I knew if she felt confident, then I needed to be confident. So I decided I wasn’t going to let this defeat me. I was going to beat cancer!

    I consulted with my surgeon, Dr. Cuntz, and we decided a lumpectomy would be best for this type of cancer.  Following the procedure, she referred me to Dr. Levine with Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center for radiationtreatment. From there, it was determined that I would do six weeks of radiation five days a week. At the end of my treatment plan, I proudly rang the bell on September  13, 2016. That October, my daughter’s soccer team wore pink jerseys in support of Breast Cancer awareness. Each player had the name of the person they were supporting. My daughter’s jersey simply said Mom.” It was a special moment, and I was excited to be done with treatment and done with cancer.

     

    Or so I thought… Read more about Lisa’s cancer journey with Part 2 (coming soon!)

    Posted by Kaitlin Fontenot
  • My Sisterhood Story

    When I sit back and think about my story, I instantly get filled with emotion. So much has happened over the last ten years, but I’m proud to say that I’m still standing, still strong, and still positive about my future. Typically, when I share my story, I tell people I’ve lived two lives. Which, after you read my story, you’ll see that I really kind of have…

    The “first life” starts with my job as a flight attendant. After graduating LSU in May of 1990, I took to the skies working for Delta Airlines starting that July. It was such an exciting time in my life, flying across the globe, experiencing new cultures and new places, and taking in all of the beautiful locations I got to visit. Over the 19 years that I was a flight attendant, I lived in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and New York City. While in NYC, I started doing international flights, allowing me to go to every continent except Antarctica. I was living and working out of New York when the 9/11 attack happened. As you can imagine, that really shook me and made me think about my future. Shortly after, my life as a jet setter ended. I retired from Delta and moved home to Baton Rouge.

    Nearly 20 years after graduating from college, I started my “second life.” I found myself in love with Baton Rouge and a very special man. In 2009, I opened my own business, got married, and decided to start a family. My feet were grounded for the very first time and I absolutely loved it!

    Woman’s Hospital holds a very special place in my heart.  Being a first time mom at 41, everyone was so supportive and encouraging, especially my OB/GYN, Dr. Ann Lafranca. I often share my story with moms-to-be that are older because I think it’s important they know that just because they are older doesn’t mean the experience is any less special. When my husband and I found out we were going to have a baby, I didn’t do testing, didn’t find out what I was having or anything like that, we just let God lead the way.  Nine months later, we were blessed with our daughter, Josie, who was quickly followed by our son Davis in 2010.

    As an older mom, I made sure to make my health a main priority. I went in for my routine mammogram in May of 2016. I remember it vividly for several reasons; it was the day after Mother’s Day and the day that my world was turned upside down. After my mammogram and leaving the hospital, I received a call saying they wanted me to go back for another exam. It’s never a call any woman wants to receive, but I also knew that callbacks weren’t uncommon. To ease my nerves, I reached out to my dear friend, Dr. Cecilia Cuntz, who is also a breast surgeon. I asked if there was any way she can look over my results and let me know what she thought. She called me back and said it would be a good idea to come back in and have a 3D Mammogram for further review. So I did, and from there it was confirmed that I had breast cancer and was diagnosed with DCIS stage 0 – Negative for the BRCAA gene.

    No one that gets the call about cancer is every really the same again.  It changes your life from then on.

    Initially, I was in complete shock. I would often cry in the shower, over and over again, thinking that my children needed their mom and I still had so much more to teach them about life and love and being kind to others. I had several close friends who had lost their moms at a young age because of cancer and I knew how hard it was for them. I didn’t want that for my children! At the time, Josie was finishing first grade and Davis kindergarten. After several conversations, my husband and I decided not to tell the kids, we decided they were too young and didn’t want to scare them or have them worry about my well-being. I was never really scared for me; my fears were always about my family.

    Following a cancer diagnosis, you are flooded with so much information.  It is absolutely overwhelming!  There are so many options and things to read and learn about. I remember the moment that I settled down and realized I was ready to “fight” the disease.  I was at home one evening and I got a call from Dr. Lafranca, my OB/GYN.  She talked me through the diagnosis, statistics, and lots of other things. While her voice was soft, it was so supportive and sure I would beat this. In that moment, I knew if she felt confident, then I needed to be confident. So I decided I wasn’t going to let this defeat me. I was going to beat cancer!

    I consulted with my surgeon, Dr. Cuntz, and we decided a lumpectomy would be best for this type of cancer.  Following the procedure, she referred me to Dr. Levine with Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center for radiationtreatment. From there, it was determined that I would do six weeks of radiation five days a week. At the end of my treatment plan, I proudly rang the bell on September  13, 2016. That October, my daughter’s soccer team wore pink jerseys in support of Breast Cancer awareness. Each player had the name of the person they were supporting. My daughter’s jersey simply said Mom.” It was a special moment, and I was excited to be done with treatment and done with cancer.

     

    Or so I thought… Read more about Lisa’s cancer journey with Part 2 (coming soon!)

    Posted by Kaitlin Fontenot
  • LD in Southern Living - June Issue

    So excited to be featured in the Southern Living - Southwest Edition of "Where to Shop" in Baton Rouge.

    I know tons of our customers are wondering why we weren't in our local issue, I have been asking that myself.  Not quite sure how they figure out distribution.    We are honored to be included along side these other fabulous BR stores.  Cheers to our loyal customers for "Shopping Local!"  We have lots of cool new art, pottery, and merchandise headed to LD this Summer & Fall.  We search high and low to find unique Louisiana and Southern made goods.  Love Local.  Love Louisiana.

    Cheers!

    Posted by Lisa Gilly
  • 2007 - Creating LD

    Welcome to LD Linens & Decor!

    I am Lisa Davis Gilly, the owner. This is my first official - Legit - Blog Post.  I tried a few times to create my own Blog and finally took the time, money, and smarts to invest in a Branding Company to help me create my own branding of LD Linens & Decor.   I have worked with Reni & Heidi of Bliss and Tell Branding.  They Rock! LD Linens & Decor started in April of 2007.

    I was a Delta Flight Attendant at the time and living the single life of an International Flight Attendant.  Paris, Dublin, Sao Paulo, Brussels, - all in a month's time.  While on layovers I would visit the local shops of that city.  I picked up art, fabric, pottery, and unique items or gifts.  One of my favorite shops was in Dublin (I can't remember the name of it, but I know exactly where it is located off of Grafton Street).  It was the most precious shop of clothing, books, and home goods.  In the basement there was a sort of tea room.  So began the dream of LD!

    While at lunch one day, two of my dear friends Brooke Bramlett and Kim Katchur Wampold, suggested I open my own place.  They both realized I had a knack for pulling things together.  (I am not a Designer by degree and out of respect for all of those that are will never call myself one.  They worked hard to get those degrees).

    I started out in a booth space inside the old Lions Gate off of Jefferson.  I probably had about 250 sq ft.  I continued to work at Delta and had the booth location on the side. In April 2009, I opened the doors of ld linens & decor - 4265 Perkins Road.  It was 1600 square feet.  Last October, we moved into 4347 Perkins Road with 3500 square feet.  We are so blessed to have survived those rough economy years.   I am going to post some pictures of LD through the years when I can dig around without little fingers helping me.

    Cheers, Lisa

    Posted by Lisa Gilly
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