Jean Parker Lacy Was My Mother

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 15, 2020

More than home decor…

We know that furniture alone does not make a happy home. No one knows that more than an interior designer. What we do is create a space that fits a lifestyle full of laughter, love, memories, mistakes, tears and joy. We design a place where life can be lived happily and comfortably in sickness and in health.

October is an important month to us beyond the fall decor videos we have been sharing with you! Nearly every corner of our lives has been touched by breast cancer. Which is why Stonewood Interiors is donating to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in memory and honor of four remarkable women in Donna Wood’s life who have had breast cancer. Allow Donna to introduce you…

I always said we were two bodies and one heart, we did everything together. She was my biggest supporter growing up and sacrificed everything for my brother and me. She was a tiny and fierce woman who taught me to be kind, thoughtful, honest and independent. She was an activist for women before her time always encouraging me to reach for the stars. In high school when the cheerleaders had to make sweets for the football team, she wasn’t the least bit thrilled with this idea and said it should be reversed, they should be making them for us! At 16, I was mortified.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer at 58, just six months after my father died from cancer. Two weeks before my brother’s wedding she had her mastectomy. I know now she must have been scared to death but she put on a brave face and was at that wedding with a smile on her face. She loved life and people and lived her life with dignity and grace. I remember a conversation with her when she told me that of everyone I would grieve the most when she was gone, but thought 6 months should be sufficient. She wanted me to live my life to the fullest and never look back.

We named our daughter after her whom she didn’t get to meet. Ironically, there are so many things that my mother and Lacy have in common. I have always felt that Jean had a hand in that. I love you Mom!

I remember Mrs. Malone fondly as a gentle, southern woman with beautiful eyes and a smile that would light up the room. She was an inspiration to many and touched countless lives. Every October she would walk in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K and in 2016 was honored as the oldest living breast cancer survivor in the state of Mississippi. She was a warrior and proved that this disease could be beaten.

I remember the day she called me and gave me the news that she was going to have to have a double mastectomy. I was shocked and heartbroken but knew she was a strong woman and would get through this. She has been cancer free for 10 years. Patti is one of the most positive women I know. She is giving, caring and just fun to be around. Her smile is infectious. A beautiful woman both inside and out, I am so proud to call her my friend!

Dana Malone Hamlin was just 30 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is the daughter of Ellen Malone and sister of Diane. In true Dana fashion she had a mastectomy and went on to have and raise two beautiful children. She too walks in the October Susan G. Komen 5K. Dana is a survivor and a true inspiration to all who know her.

Early detection increases our chance of beating breast cancer. Please learn more here about routine screenings and schedule an appointment for yourself today!

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