Brave and Vulnerable
We have the opportunity to use our every day moments to speak up, show up, and shine even when we feel vulnerable.
It has taken me a long time to be comfortable enough in myself to be public about being a breast cancer survivor. It was too personal and too vulnerable. I have come to realize the healing opportunity I have in sharing my story is greater than risk of being vulnerable.
Cancer impacts everyone. We are never alone. When we stand up in our vulnerability we demonstrate that we are strong, we are courageous, and we are resilient. This is why I agreed to be a model at last week’s fashion show fundraiser for breast cancer. I stood in my truth on stage as my story as a survivor was read to more than 200 attendees. My commitment to being an agent of positive change and my passion for empowering women to make informed choices inspired me to participate in the successful fundraiser.
Santa Barbara’s Independent ran a feature article about the event and highlighted my story. All of the attendees dressed to the nine enjoyed the high tea fashion show at the Biltmore Hotel to raise money for the Breast Cancer Resource Center. And I used Shine On flower essence to keep my confidence up and help me get through an emotional moment of being in the spotlight.
The article reads, “Another model, Dr. Holly Goldberg, shared how after completing her dissertation on informed medical decision making, she thought she knew everything there was to know about healthcare choices. Two months later, she got a breast cancer diagnosis and realized nothing could have prepared her for this, ‘I was shaken to the core.’ According to Goldberg, the BCRC offered compassion and understanding. When leaving the center, ‘I left with my heart soothed and my arms full of books from their lending library ready to figure out how to proceed.’”