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2012 Artist #1


SOAR TO FREEDOM

Red- represents sacrifice White- represents virtue Blue- represents freedom The beads on the feathers are aligned as birds in a flight pattern. I needed some cheering up. I had just started chemo and taken all my initial scans. The cancer had spread to my spine. Donna Ion, my nurse, introduced me to three women who had just finished chemo. Each woman was upbeat, but one woman’s encouragement I’ll never forget. She told me I was about to embark on an amazing journey and cancer would become one of the best things to happen to me. Every relationship would become stronger: with God, family, friends, even strangers. She was right. Encourage each other. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. This includes overcoming cancer. You can rise above it. Soar to Freedom!


Artist: Rebecca Neely

Sponsored By: Chicken Express in memory of Wanda Lockridge




2012 Artist #2


JEWEL

Among all of us mammographers and physicians, we have approximately 75 years in breast care. We have seen many women walk through our doors who are friends, family , and co-workers, and leave with a diagnosis of breast cancer. As the providers of breast care, we have a personal connection with every one of our ladies who are diagnosed and at times we witness them as they proceed through their treatment. We worry about them, their well-being, their state of mind and prognosis.

We spend many hours contemplating the outcome of our patients, hours that never see a time clock. When one cries over a patient, it's not considered 'just a job.' Each one of our ladies is a jewel in our eyes and hearts.

Our bra is named 'Jewel' in honor of all the ladies we have cared for at Women's Imaging Center at Northwest Texas Health Care Systems.


Artist: Melinda McCormick RTR (M), Andrea Duncan RTR (M), Stacy Randel RTR (M), RDMS (BR) and Maria Murguia, Dr. Arlene Marx, and Dr. Andrew Bauer

Sponsored by: Northwest Texas Health Care Systems




2012 Artist #3


WHOOOO NEEDS A MAMMOGRAM?


A little birdie came along whispered in my ear, it’s time to get your check-up, it’s been nearly a year. So make your annual appointment and take a friend with you. Have your mammograms together and smart and wise will be you two. You don’t have to be an old owl to be wise. Get your mammogram every year.

Artist: Dudes n Divas

Sponsored By: Texas Breast Specialists




2012 Artist #4


MY STORY

This journey began for me in the middle of March 2011. I felt a small lump on my breast. The lump was growing; I could feel and see it. It was time to call the doctor. 4 appointments later on May 18, 2011 my husband and I came in for the results. I had stage one breast cancer. I thought any minute now I am going to wake up, but I didn't. Red flags were everywhere, but I thought "Not me". I needed to have a genetic test. Results: I carried the gene. My only option: have a double mastectomy and hysterectomy. Thank God for the great staff at Texas Oncology. On September 8, 2011, I finished chemo. Surgery was on October 20th. I have to realize that all of this is God's plan and I need to help others going though this and educate my family so that we can try to beat this horrible cancer. My husband and I put my bra together. The darker pink represents pain and the first steps of my cancer. The lighter pink represents the time I started to heal. The bra represents what my family, friends and I had to go through. My husband and I went over everything that had happened in the last 5 months, and really wanted to share "My Story".


Artist: By Aurora Thurber

Sponsored By: Texas Oncology




2012 Artist #5


SURVIVING SEXY


March 2012 will be two years since I have been a survivor. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was getting the news. From the beginning, I decided that breast cancer was not going to dictate my life; I was in charge. Luckily, I found it early so I only had to have a lumpectomy and radiation. I continued to do the things that I loved to do before the news which includes exercising and having fun with my friends. My friends were always there for me. This is my second bra to decorate. One of my best friends, BK Gearn, wanted to help. I was all for that as she is very creative and talented. We wanted the bra to fun and sexy. We really had a fun time decorating the bra. We both like zebra print, so we used that and there isn't anything more sexy than the pink fuzz and the cute little pink and black pom poms. Plus, we had to have some bling and a pink ribbon decal. We had a lot of laughs during our decorating. I believe that no matter what scars one has on their chest or breast or if one uses prosthesis, one can still be a sexy survivor!!!


Artist: By Emily McReynolds

Sponsored By: Dr. Marjorie Chelly




2012 Artist #6


PINKSTRONG

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”- Mahatma Gandhi For me, this quote hits very close to home. I’m fortunate to have seen firsthand what sheer will power can do. Both my mother and sister, two very important female influences in my life, taught me what strength truly was through their battles with breast cancer. The feathers are meant to represent wings, to honor my mother, and any woman who has lost their fight. Several pink ribbons over the word strength signify that all women; mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, are in the fight against breast cancer together, and that their strength is nothing short of amazing. I’m proud to honor all women who have encountered this disease, they are all PinkStrong.


Artist: By Ashley Swan
Sponsor: Sponsored By: Faulkner Pest Services




2012 Artist #7


LAUGHTER

My aunt, Eva Morin, from San Jose, California is a breast cancer survivor of 17 years. A very high spirited person, she makes us laugh all the time. When I read in the paper that we needed to design according to the personality I thought of a clown that brings laughter and that is like my aunt who makes us all laugh all the time. Thank you for this chance to express our feelings.

Artists: Elsa Vasquez

Sponsored By: Proffer Surgical Associates




2012 Artist #8


THE BRA WITH WINGS

My breast cancer survival story begins with the death of my Mother 16 months before I was diagnosed with breast cancer. She died from an eight month battle with brain cancer. My mother loved butterflies. We even put a butterfly on her head stone. As time passed my siblings and I found that we would often see a butterfly when we had a crisis in our lives. It felt like the butterfly was Mom trying to communicate with us. The butterfly gave us a sense of security when we needed it most which brings me to the story I want to share with this bra. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and I would walk the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure every year. In March of 2010 my oldest sister was also diagnosed with breast cancer. We both decided to walk the race together along with our families. As we crossed the finish line, we huddled around our family and a butterfly landed on the back of my sister’s daughter-in-laws back. We knew it was Mom coming to be with her girls in our time of need. The butterfly stayed with us for a while and soon was on its way but not after we had the chance to take a picture if it on my sister’s daughter-in-law’s back. My sister and I had this calmness after it left because we knew Mom had come to wrap her love around us both. It became a mission of mine to find enough butterfly brooches to decorate this bra in honor of my Mom, my sister Anita and me. The pink beads that frame the butterflies are a stone that I found on a recent trip to Alaska. They are called rhodonite. Legend has it that they are a healing stone for anyone who has gone through a trauma. What better way to protect anyone who has gone through the trauma of breast cancer. The butterfly on the shoulder strap signifies the feeling I had that Mom was on my shoulder comforting me after I had my mastectomy surgery.


Artist: Janelle Sustaire

Sponsored By: Good Care Health Services




2012 Artist #10


FUNTASTIC BRA

I called it the Funtastic Bra because when I was little, and I got upset she always had something fun and fantastic to do. It has the butterflies on it because that was what she acted like. She was so kind, gentle, and fragile just like a butterfly. It has the pink pearls on it because my grandmother, Elizabeth Scott was pretty just like a pearl (and well white pearls would not show up very well on the white bra.) I put the pink string there because she loved to pearl and knit

By Brianna Queen

Sponsored By: Mary Schooler, Rose Helen Zielke, Phoebe Reynolds, and Mina Fields Johnson.




2012 Artist #9


ME AGAIN
My story begins almost 19 years ago when I went to work for the ME AGAIN department of National Home Health Care. I had never realized what the ladies were going through after being diagnosed with breast cancer. I saw women who were very upset because of being disfigured transformed into lively ladies who were able to really enjoy life again. This became my passion, and I was very happy to be able to help with this transformation. For seventeen years I enjoyed the work we at National Home Health Care were doing until that fateful day I heard the dreaded phrase “you have cancer” directed at me. It seemed that my world stopped that day, and even though I am blessed with a very loving husband and children without whose support I could never have gone through all the surgeries and ordeals of treatment required to defeat this formidable enemy. Through all of my time going through this dark valley of my life I have also been blessed with the complete support of all my co-workers, especially my two best friends, Marcia and Theresa, and the understanding of the owner of National Home Health Care, Don Chrysler. We have all been touched by the effects of cancer in one way or another. I lost an uncle to brain cancer, and also my husband’s cousin, who became my confidant through my battle, because she had already been through breast cancer. We lost her recently to a recurrence of cancer. We miss them terribly, but celebrate all the victories of all the survivors and conquerors that we find all around us. You will see the colors on my bra representing the stages that I went through to get to today. The black represents my darkest time, then the turquoise shows the feeling of joy and well-being when I realized that this time was behind me, and the feathers are a symbol of the feeling that I can once again soar with the eagles. I am ME AGAIN!!!
Artists: Pat Wilkins

Sponsored By: National Home Health




2012 Artist #11


THE PRECIOUS PEARL BRA

"...what strikes the oyster shell doesn't damage the pearl." Rumi Breast cancer became a part of my mother’s life in 1995. Even though the cancer did everything it could to destroy her body; she refused to let it touch her wonderful spirit and soul. On numerous occasions over 14 years, she sat in an exam room listening to the oncologist say "it's back." In response, my mom fought, even when she was tired and weary. With incredible inner strength and faith, she focused on the gems in her life and not the disease in her body. She continued to nurture and share many precious pearls of love, kindness, wisdom, faith and hope with family, friends, fellow cancer survivors and complete strangers. She was such a remarkable and special woman, particularly in how she dealt with cancer. At age 69, her perfect healing happened in heaven, but the many “pearls” she shared in her lifetime will be forever remembered. This bra is dedicated in loving memory of my mom, Elizabeth Fields Scott of Amarillo, TX. (The bra: blue was her favorite color; the butterfly was something she loved and collected, and the precious pearls…you now know what they signify!)

Artist: Jennifer Queen

Sponsored by: Madison and D’Nan Scott and Family.




2012 Artist #12


"SHAG" AWAY BREAST CANCER

3 Steps for early Detection

1. Practice Breast Self Exam (BSE) monthly.
2. Get a Clinical Exam Annually from your health care provider.
3.Get a Mammogram Annually after age 40.

Breast Cancer Facts
1. Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer among American women after skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.
2. The left breast is statistically more prone to developing canter that the right breast. Scientists are unsure why.
3. Nearly 10.4% of all cancers in women is breast cancer.
4. The incidence of breast cancer is highest in more developed countries and lowest in less developed countries.
5. In the US, an average of 112 women die of breast cancer every day, or one every 15 minutes.
6. The United States has the most cases of breast cancer in the world.
7. Only 5-10% of breast cancers occur in women who have a genetic predisposition for it. However, women with the gene mutation run a lifetime risk as high as 4 in 5 of developing the disease. The risk of developing ovarian cancer also rises to 2 in 5.
8. When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast, it is said to be “metastatic.” The most common places breast cancer spreads to are the bones, liver and lungs.
9. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.
10. It has been estimated that if every woman over the age of 50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more.
We used the T-Shirt shag material to show that with a little bit of knowledge and a few simple prevented steps, we can “shag” away breast cancer! The sequined pink ribbons represent the women who have, who are and who will battle breast cancer.

By Nurses by Prescription

Sponsored By: Nurses By Prescription




2012 Artist #13


COWGIRLS ARE PRETTY IN PINK

I would like to pay tribute to my mom, Margaret Fortner, and to the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association for their “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night at the National Finals Rodeo.

I will always have a very fond memory of Mom coming home from the NFR just giggling to her heart’s content. When I asked her what was so funny to her, she told me about the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night at the NFR Mom said she found out the participants in the rodeo as well as the spectators were requested by the NFR officials to wear pink when attending a particular performance of the rodeo in recognition of the fight against breast cancer. Mom really wanted to participate in that part of the event as she and my stepfather would be in attendance for that performance so she purchased pink western shirts for both of them to wear that night.

Little did we know that several years later in May of 1994, Mom would be diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer We were only blessed with 4 months and 26 days after diagnosis. Had Mom been obtaining regular mammograms, I can only hope that her diagnosis would have come sooner and increased our time together.

Now, it is up to me as a “Co-Survivor” to spread the word every chance I get on the importance of regular mammograms and a healthy lifestyle. Breast cancer is a disease that is a thief stealing an individual and impacting the rest of the family as well. We miss the daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother she was in our lives.




2012 Artist #14


QUEEN OF HEARTS

I chose to name my story “Queen of Hearts”, to represent two of the biggest influences in my life, my Grandmother and my Mom. I used the words Rock, Courage, Hope and Teacher to represent each woman. I used Rock for my Grandmother, because she is definitely the closest person to me in my life. She is always there as the rock I can lean on when I need someone. She always told me I had a heart “the size of Texas” so I used the felt hearts to represent that. I wanted to incorporate quotes about strength because these particular quotes remind me of them in some way. For my mother, I used the word Teacher because she is not only a teacher career-wise, she is a teacher in my life. Her faith and enduring unwavering courage is very inspirational to me. This project was very important and very dear to my heart, and I am glad to be a small part of a beautiful fight against this cruel and heartless disease.

By Patrice Smith

Sponsored By: AABHC




2012 Artist #15


CELEBRATION...

I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ of the right breast, the Friday prior to Mother’s Day, 2011. The cancer was completely removed after a bilateral mastectomy that was performed on my 37th wedding anniversary; even the cancer of the left breast that had not been detected prior with a Mammogram or MRI. Since the cancer was completely removed, no radiation or chemotherapy was required. The tissue expanders were removed and implants were inserted a few days before my 58th birthday. The final breast reconstruction procedure was performed a week before Thanksgiving.
Every birthday, anniversary, and holiday is a treasured gift. I believe that every day that I am given free of breast cancer is a day for celebration. This project and design is a tribute to this belief and for the celebration when there will be a cure for breast cancer.
I asked my daughter, Regina Britten Lingenfelter, to design and construct bra art with Celebration as the theme. The cupcakes are a central part of any celebration in her home Each of the “sprinkles” represent holidays, birthdays and anniversaries celebrated each year. The “cherry” on the top signifies the day when there will be no more breast cancer.

Artist: Donna Britten

Sponsor: Belmar Bakery




2012 Artist #16


CONNECT

We have personally experienced the effects of breast cancer with our very close family members and friends. We dedicate this bra to our family member, friends, and customers who have experienced the effects breast cancer can have on one's body and frame of mind. We are certified to properly fit post-mastectomy and lymphedema garments on those who need our services.

Artist: Support Hose Plus Sponsored By: Support Hose Plus




2012 Artist #17


LEATHER AND LACE

On the days prior to my dreaded Friday the 13th diagnosis, I was always on the go; with only four years of marriage to a remarkable husband; we loved the spontaneous lifestyle. Children all grown up and on their own; he and I would get on the Harley and ride north, south, east or west.

On Friday, August 13, 2004 I was told that the small grape size growth in my left breast was in fact, cancer. At that point, my life changed, I began to look at life in a whole new prospective. That night I cried and it was the only time I cried, because I was not going to let this beat me! I was going to beat it and I knew that with a positive attitude, lots of prayers and being around encouraging people that I could and will be a survivor. This was not going to be a death sentence. So I looked at my life in a “speed bump” perspective; I just needed to slow down, get over this bump in the road, then proceed.

After, undergoing a partial mastectomy, chemo and radiation, it brought me closer than ever to my family, with their loving support as well as the support from my work family, friends and most of all, the prayers. I knew that I was on the road to recovery – a survivor! The leather represents the biker chick, who wears leather for protection, the lace for the soft delicate person that I am on the inside and the pearl is my birthstone.

My niece encouraged me to decorate this bra, because she believed that my story should be shared with others. My ever so loving mom volunteered to do the work; with her arthritic hands, she was determined to do her best, she was able to bring my story to life.


Artist: Frances E. Garcia

Sponsor: Paula Gibson




2012 Artist #18


CONNECTING THE DOTS

There are no women who enjoy having that annual mammogram.

There are plenty of excuses but the bottom line is that they save lives that might otherwise be lost. When the doctor first suggested a baseline mammogram in my early thirties, I resisted. There was no family history but he just replied that family history starts with someone and told me to go get a mammogram. My younger cousin went for her baseline mammogram and was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. Family history had begun. In December of 2006 my younger sister decided to get her first mammogram at age 53. In October of 2007 she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer that had already spread to her lymph nodes and liver. She passed in 2010. I was diagnosed in May of 2008.

I chose the Alpha and Omega symbols for my bra because for those in my family who followed the routine mammogram guidelines, breast cancer has been a new beginning. For the one who ignored those guidelines, it was a sad ending.

The next generation of women in my family are already talking to their doctors and taking control of their breast health, connecting the dots.

Artists: Cathy Zoller

Sponsor: Champions of Breast Health




2012 Artist #19


SAN ANTONIO ROSE

MYTH:

Hispanic women don’t have to worry so much about breast cancer.

FACT:

Breast cancer strikes women of all color and origin.

My mother is a Hispanic woman who did get a mammogram regularly. I chose to do this bra to prove that getting a mammogram can save a life. Had my mother not gotten a mammogram, the cancer may not have been found until it was too late.

Artist: Liza Vargas




2012 Artist #20


POLLY THE PESSIMIST

MYTH:

Fear the Worst –Breast Cancer often means death

FACT:

The key to survival is early detection —get checked Breast cancer is life threatening. When it strikes, we need to call upon every possible source of help. Support from a spouse, family members, friends, doctors, nurses, many others becomes crucial when battling the might foe. An abiding faith in God is life sustaining.

Leticia Goodrich, Artist




2012 Artist #21


RISKY RITA

MYTH:

No family history, living a healthy lifestyle—not at risk.

FACT:

Just being a woman and growing older puts one at risk. Know your risk factors, practice a healthy lifestyle, know what’s normal for you, and protect yourself by getting your mammogram and clinical exam annually.

AABHC Volunteer, Artist




2012 Artist #22


BUSY BEATRICE

MYTH:

Too busy to get screened every year

FACT:

Getting a mammogram takes only 15 minutes Even though I didn’t make the time to get my mammogram on time…it was 2 ½ years since my previous one…I did make the time to do regular breast self-exam and I was blessed to feel my lump on Valentine’s Day, 1994. How much sooner could my breast cancer been found had I found the time for a mammogram? Mammograms can pick up differences as small as a grain of salt! I am never too busy to take care of my health now

Sharon Felts, Artist




2012 Artist #23


CLEOPATRA QUEEN OF DENIAL

MYTH:

African America don’t have to worry so much about breast cancer

FACT:

Breast cancer strikes women of all color and origin As an oncology social worker, I have seen and met many faces of cancer of all ethnic groups. Cancer makes no discrimination.

Debbie Powell, Artist




2012 Artist #24


NEVER NED MYTH:

Men don’t have breast cancer and don’t have to worry about that disease.

FACT:

Breast cancer in men is rare; only one in one thousand, but don’t discount the possibility. In the Panhandle, about 6 men get breast cancer each year.

Breast cancer in men often goes undetected because men don't know they can have breast cancer. Men need to be alert to their chest tissue and report lumps or other changes to their physician.




2012 Artist #25


FLAT FERN

MYTH:

Small breasts mean breast cancer unlikely

FACT:

Flat-chested women have tissue and get breast cancer Size is not the deciding factor. What may be found within the breast is the tissue! You can only know this if you get mammograms regularly.

Cathy Zoller, Artist




2012 Artist #26


GRANNY SMITH

MYTH:

Too old for breast cancer

FACT:

The older a woman gets the higher the risk Age is not a barrier for breast cancer. The #1 cause of death in women ages 40-60 is breast cancer. 1 in 13 women between the ages of 60-79 get breast cancer.

Pam Atkins, Artist




2012 Artist #27


PRAYERFUL PATTY

MYTH:

Faith and prayer alone will protect and save one from breast cancer

FACT:

Prayer and faith are powerful resources—a radiologist/surgeon may be God’s answer to prayer My sister felt her breast cancer was just another act of God over which she had no control, like her miscarriage. Every day she lived was a blessing from God…before and after treatment. We were blessed with her life from 10/2/53-2/27/10.

Cathy Zoller, Artist




2012 Artist #28


LOW BUDGET LAURA



MTYH: Never enough money, no insurance -- can’t get screened.

FACT:

Uninsured women in the Panhandle may get free mammograms. Contact: AABHC- (806)331-4710

Be your own advocate. Become informed and know what is available to you. Who better can take care of you….than you?

AABHC Volunteers, Artist




2012 Artist #29


CONFIDENT CONNIE

MTYH:

Young, healthy women don’t get breast cancer.

FACT:

Breast cancer strikes women of all ages.

Seemingly young and healthy women can get breast cancer. A cancerous cell can grow 6-8 years before it is detected through self exams. Be aware of what is “normal” for you; be alert to anything new and different.

Pam Atkins, Artist




2012 Artist #30


MISINFORMED MILISSA

MTYH:

Mammograms hurt; radiation for screening causes BC.

FACT:

Compression lasts only seconds; radiation minimal & harm is unlikely

Don’t trade a few seconds of discomfort for months of radiation and chemotherapy. Get your mammogram annually; if you have to have cancer find it early. What you don’t know CAN hurt you!

Leticia Goodrich, Artist





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