When this pensioner was diagnosed with cancer, most people expected her to spend her cash on treatment.
Instead, she chose to seize life and go on the road trip of a lifetime.
Norma, 90, from Michigan was diagnosed with uterine cancer just two days after her husband of 67 years died in July, reports Today.
Doctors recommended surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but Norma had other ideas, reportedly telling doctors: “I’m 90 years old, I’m not doing that.”
Not wanting to see out her days in an assisted living facility, she decided to join her daughter-in-law Ramie and husband Tim in their retired life on the road, and travel the country together.
They now document and share their adventures together on the Driving Miss Norma Facebook page.
Speaking to Today, Ramie said:
She knows our lifestyle. She said, ‘Yep. I think I’d like to go along.’ We see a spark in her eye that we haven’t seen in a very long time. She’s up for almost anything. She’s living life and not in an end-of-life mentality. She’s in the present moment.
We love traveling with her. We’ve been to a lot of these places, but we’re seeing them through fresh new eyes and it’s fun to see her reactions and meet people on the road. We go out of our way to make her smile and it becomes this ripple effect that’s powerful for all of us.
Originally from Michigan, the three travellers have already taken in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Ramie adds that Norma is clearly loving life far more than she would be in an assisted living facility, and that it’s a true gift for her and her husband to be travelling the country with this inspirational pensioner.
This is amazing. Keep enjoying your travels, Norma.