Three to four times a year, Panhandle Breast Health hosts an Art Bra Factory for breast cancers survivors to tell their stories through decorating bras.

"We have emotions inside of us that we don't even know we have," said Leticia Goodrich, founder and executive director of Panhandle Breast Health. "In many different ways, these women get to express their journey with breast cancer in writing because they tell us why they are creating the bra the way they are and they get to express it in the art work that they do. It gives them an outlet. We would like to say it's therapeutic."

Goodrich said in the Panhandle of Texas, 55 women loose their life to breast cancer annually and early detection is crucial to overcoming the disease.

"I would encourage women to be mindful of their breasts, to be sure they're getting their clinical exams, and if they're age 40, to be sure they're getting a mammogram every year," she said. "If you find it earlier then you have so much better -- it's almost as if you never had breast cancer if you catch it in early stage. The treatment is getting to be so much better than it used to be."

She credited Dr. Rakhshanda Rahman, associate chair of research at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, for working to find better treatments and getting women access to that medical help.

"She is very much responsible for all of the grants that we are able to offer women that are uninsured," Goodrich said.

Rhonda Williams, who after having a radical mastectomy will celebrate of second full year of being a survivor in June, made a bra she titled Boob Camp during the event Thursday evening.

"Because that's what this battle is," she said. "You have to get it in your mind, this is a fight, this is a battle, this is something where you don't have a choice but if you want to fight it, you have to do everything your doctor says and you have to wear this armor. (Other people) said why me, I said why not me? I can't walk on water, I can't part the red sea. I just gotta do this."

Diagnosed at 52 and with a history of the disease in her immediate family, Williams said her husband and their seven children rallied around her.

"My daughter Vanessa moved home from Maine to be with me and I have a son in Germany that's in the military and he got to come home," she said. "I never knew how much I was loved, or, they were afraid of me not cooking anymore."

Now she is concentrating on uplifting other women, working on getting healthy again and overcoming the side effects of the steroids she has been prescribed.

"I'm blessed, lucky and fortunate," she said.

Rebecca Murillo had no history of breast cancer in her immediate family and was shocked when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at 38 years old.  

"It was heartbreaking," she said.

A survivor since 2013, she said expressing her story through art brings her to a good place.

"I like to do art, I paint in my spare time. This takes me back to that time in my life -- I don't want to be there ever again -- but it was extraordinary and amazing how many people came together for me. I had a benefit (fundraiser) ... and was able to raise $10,000. I was very blessed," she said.

Murillo said through that fundraiser, she heard from childhood friends and distant acquaintances she hadn't spoken to in eons.

"It's great to know that you left a mark on somebody from way back in your past. It was really a blessing," she said.

The other blessing people note about the 44-year-old grandmother of two is her radiant, youthful appearance.

"I tell people that the chemo flourished my youth," she said with a laugh. 

To dontate or for more information about PBH events like their art show in Dumas on June 9, their local art show at the Cerulean gallery in August or their runway event October 20, visit panhandlebreasthealth.org