90-Year-Old's Cancer Treatment: an Epic Road Trip

'I'm pleased to know that I can be an inspiration to so many'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2016 3:03 AM CST
90-Year-Old's Cancer Treatment: an Epic Road Trip
Norma and her son, Tim, on Norma's first hot air balloon ride.   (Facebook)

Norma had two choices. She could get treatment for uterine cancer, or she could go on the trip of a lifetime across the US. "I'm 90 years old, I'm hitting the road," she told her doctor in July, opting to skip surgery, radiation, and chemo. Diagnosed two days after the death of her husband of 67 years, Norma is now six months into an epic adventure with her son, Tim; daughter-in-law, Ramie; and the couple's poodle, Ringo, reports ABC News. They left Michigan in August in an RV and have since visited Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains, Kennedy Space Center, Disney World, Roswell, and the Grand Canyon. The entire trip—with no set end date, per Today.com—is being documented on Facebook via Driving Miss Norma, which has received more than 63,000 likes and 100,000 page views, per the Epoch Times.

"Miss Norma and family you are an inspiration—a lesson to us all—our time is precious we all need to share it with those we love," writes one fan in England. Norma tells Good News Network that she's surprised so many people are interested in "little ol' me," but "I'm pleased to know that I can be an inspiration to so many." Her doctor supported her decision, Ramie writes, saying, "You are doing exactly what I would want to do in this situation." "She's getting healthier, I think, from eating well and being outside a lot," Ramie adds. But what is Norma like on the road? "She's very quiet and humble, and then she has this streak of adventure that surprises us," Ramie says. "We see a spark in her eye that we haven't seen in a very long time. She's up for most anything." (A 93-year-old traveled 10,000 miles to be with his lost love.)

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