Get Naked


DSC_3460Get Naked!

By Tina Kay,

It was so nice to hear Richard Roundtree (known to many as the original Shaft, before Samuel Jackson) on Saturday evening, March 22,

2014 during a celebration to conclude a weeklong of events in remembrance of Fred Shuttleworth’s birthday.  Richard Roundtree shared his story of living with cancer, breast cancer.  Many men have the mindset that breast cancer will never happen to them however, this type of thinking could possibly lead to death.  Roundtree found a lump in his breast in 1992 and because the lump was found early enough he received the proper treatment to save his life.

As Roundtree told his story he admitted that initially he did not want to share his experience with others until he realized people were dying.  At that point in his life he decided that he had to “Get Naked”; bearing all, letting the public into his life so that others may live, and becoming vulnerable to others opinions.

I decided that the God appointed campaign I’ve been working and leading from the front (and not the rear) required me getting naked to be a voice for the voiceless. I understand to whom much is given, much is required and because I’ve been called to not just advocate but lead a movement and a group of people who live with the same disease as myself, that I had to “Get Naked”!  Please understand that it is time for many of us who have endured, remained steadfast, and did not give up in the midst of our own storms in life to “Get Naked” so that others may live.  Go stand before a mirror, because at the end of the day you have to share your testimony with others who are suffering, at their breaking point, lost due to fear, and ready to give up and throw in the towel; they need to see your layers come off to see for themselves that if someone else can make it through this thing, I can too!

There are so many people in this world struggling with their own demons in so many areas of life.  People, “Get Naked” so that others can begin to believe that there is enough hope, faith and love for even them as they go through bad places in life.  I dare you, double dog dare you to “Get Naked” so someone out there can glean from your experience and make a decision to fight through his or her storm.

By Tina Kay,