90-year-old woman with cancer ditches chemotherapy for epic road trip
When a 90-year-old Michigan woman named Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she decided to forgo chemotherapy and instead set out on the trip of a lifetime with her son Tim, daughter-in-law Ramie and their poodle Ringo.
"I'm hitting the road," she told her doctor.
He didn't fight her on the decision either, instead he wished her well.
"Right on!" he is quoted as saying on Norma's Facebook page, Driving Miss Norma.
"As doctors, we see what cancer treatment looks like every day," he said. "ICU, nursing homes, awful side effects and honestly, there is no guarantee she will survive the initial surgery to remove the mass. You are doing exactly what I would want to do in this situation. Have a fantastic trip!"
Since then Norma and her family have traveled to Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park, which Norma really enjoyed.
"The water and mud bubbling out of the earth?" she said. "I had never seen anything like that before."
They've also visited New Orleans, and Arizona.
"I'm having the time of my life," Norma told The Huffington Post.
For the last few months they've been trekking around Florida and they made a special stop in Orlando for Norma to take a hot air balloon ride, which was something she and her late husband always wanted to do.
The nomadic family has traveled over 6,000 miles since August and they don't plan on stopping anytime soon. Next up on their itinerary is coastal Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.
"People shouldn't be afraid to travel," she said. "No matter your age."
See memories from Norma's adventure: