If you have ever lived or visited Barbados, chances are you have seen the yellow buses. While not quite as large as the government buses, they are in high demand as a way of travelling from one point to another, which means, during certain times of the day they are packed with travellers. Some say the drivers are reckless and respect neither traveller nor fellow driver as they traverse the roads of Barbados but they are what many consider a ‘necessary evil’ as they are sometimes the only option available when you need to get going…
Gosh, when Doctors tell you "I am sorry… you have breast cancer”, the room suddenly becomes dark and you can hardly hear the doctor’s voice!
People often ask me; "girl, how was your journey with breast cancer?” I reply, “like a ride on the yellow bus”.
Have you ever got on a yellow bus that’s filled to capacity? You know you are on the right bus but you can’t see where you are going? Hanging on for dear life! Swinging all over the place, but you hang on? No clue where you are because there are so many people around you, you can’t quite see out the windows? Or maybe you can get a glimpse through the bodies pressed together but the bus is travelling so fast it all seems to be a bit of a blur? Some inner guide, that knows your destination and the way you need to travel to get there says you are on your way, just hang on!!!!!!!!! So you do.
As the journey progresses, people start to get off and you finally pick up a land mark. Your eyes can confirm what you already knew… you haven’t reached your destination as yet but you are getting there. As you continue to travel more passengers disembark and after a while you even have the chance to sit, so you start to get comfortable, there are still a few people standing so you can just about see ahead, not completely clear yet but you are well on your way.
The journey continues… once no one is standing everything suddenly becomes clearer and you can actually see where you are and where you are going, you even start to enjoy the journey. In time you reach your destination, everything is now calm and you head home wondering; “what was all the fuss about?”
So my wonderful ladies, if you are about to start your journey with cancer, hop on a yellow bus and go for a ride, it’s a bumpy ride, but believe me you will reach your destination.