90-Year-Old Cancer Patient Quits Treatment to Travel the World
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90-Year-Old Cancer Patient Quits Treatment to Travel the World

Driving Miss Norma
Driving Miss Norma/Facebook
Driving Miss Norma
Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

When handed a frightening medical diagnosis, 90-year-old Norma chose to forgo treatment in favor of life on the road.

Known online only by her first name, Norma had lost her husband of 67 years, when she was told she had what could likely be terminal cancer. She faced months of chemo and radiation, if she survived the initial surgery. Norma, however, had a different plan. She told her doctor, “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.” Her kids got it and, according to a Facebook post, so did Norma’s doctor. He gave his approval with a resounding, “Right on!”

Driving Miss Norma
Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

For the past six months Norma has been traveling with her son, Tim, and her daughter-in-law, Ramie, and Ringo the poodle, rolling across the country in an RV. They’ve been documenting their adventures on Facebook on a page called Driving Miss Norma, which 34,000 followers strong. (No word on whether Morgan Freeman’s voice is on the RV’s GPS).

Driving Miss Norma
Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

They’ve traveled from New Mexico to Louisiana to South Dakota to Florida, stopping at national parks, the Corn Palace, Disney World, and taking a hot air balloon ride along the way.

Driving Miss Norma
Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

According to Good News Network, Norma is “thriving” during her travels. She is in no pain, and signs of her cancer have lessened. Furthermore, she’s pleased her choice “is an inspiration to so many.” And when they asked about the secret to a happy life? She replied simply: “Just keep on going everyday, that’s about it.” 

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