90-year-old woman with cancer avoids treatment and instead hits the open road (30 Photos)
2015 started off horribly for Norma, a ninety-year-old Grandma from northern Michigan. Over the course of one week, she lost her husband of 67 years and also received news that she had a cancerous mass in her uterus. But when her doctors offered her the option of surgery, radiation, and chemo, Norma had other ideas. “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road,” she told her doctors.
Norma’s medical team completely understood the reasoning behind Norma’s decision. “As doctors, we see what cancer treatment looks like everyday. ICU, nursing homes, awful side effects and honestly, there is no guarantee she will survive the initial surgery to remove the mass,” one of her doctors said. “You are doing exactly what I would do in the same situation. Have a great trip!” he told her.
Norma has been documenting her adventures on her Facebook page
Driving Miss Norma…
It seems fitting to begin by showing a quick stop to Disney World’s Epcot!!
She really is a Viking warrior in her own right
At only 5 ft. tall and 100 lbs. Norma has an unbelievable amount of energy.
Hot air ballooning was a wonderful first for Norma.
New Orleans, here Norma comes!
The National WWII Museum
Never too old for a snowball fight
No time to hold back on food now. Norma wants to try it all!
When you ask for cheesy smile from these two, this is what you get!
A stop to the Kennedy Space Center
First fist bump
Rolling down the Baja as their travels continue
The incredible view in Skull Valley, Arizona.
“A good beer with a hint of honey! I’ll have another, I think it’s good!”
Blue Earth, Minnesota
St. Augustine Fort.
It’s never too late to try your first Mimosa.
South Rim of the Grand Canyon, AZ.
Norma smiling all the way into 2016.
For the last six months, Norma has been traveling around the United States with her family in a motor home. She has not experienced any pain and feels that her cancer may be going into remission. Stranger things have happened.
More dessert is a MUST!
A boat trip at San Carlos RV Park & Islands.
Suffering loss has given Norma some perfect perspective. “Keep praying every day and God will take care of you, even when it feels like you can’t care for yourself.” Her best advice is to talk about the happier times. “Storytelling is really, really helpful,” she said.
“Just keep on going every day, that’s about it,” she advises. According to her
Facebook page, she aspires to go to the moon. And what little we now know about Norma, there’s nothing stopping her.
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