90-Year-Old Chooses Road Trip Over Cancer Treatment

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Photo: Norma overlooking the Grand Canyon in Arizona with her dog Ringo during their road trip.
(Facebook: Driving Miss Norma)

Meet Norma, a 90-year-old woman from Michigan. Norma lost her husband in July 2015 and soon after that she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. While doctors recommended surgery and informed her about her possibilities for treatment, she refused the options and Norma was having none of it. She said no to chemotherapy and yes to living her dream to go on a road trip.

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With no guarantee that she’d survive the surgery and chemotherapy, she decided to enjoy the time she had left by doing the things she always wanted to do. “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road”, she said. And that is exactly what she did. Together with her son Tim and daughter in law Remie they hit the road across the United States. "We see a spark in her eye that we haven't seen in a very long time," Remie says. "She's up for most anything." During their road trip they already been to many places including Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park and the Rocky Mountains. Whenever she goes, she always have a smile.

"We go out of our way to make her smile"

Norma was determined to make the most of life after her husband on 67 years passed away last year. She tries to stay positive and has her own motto; “Just keep on going every day, that’s bout it”. During their road trip Norma has made a lot of new and interesting friends. Back in August 2015 they’ve left Michigan in an RV and they’re still on the road! Their journey doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. "We go out of our way to make her smile," Remie said, "and it becomes this ripple effect that's powerful for all of us."