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90-Year-Old Woman Passes On Cancer Treatment to Travel the Country

She chose living over staying alive.

Norma at the Grand Canyon. Photo via Facebook.

In the end, our lives are a collection of experiences and memories. So, when 90-year-old Norma had to choose between staying alive and living life to the fullest, she chose to live. Six months ago, when Norma’s husband of 67 years was dying at a hospice, she found blood in her urine. The doctors told her she had a cancerous mass in her uterus.


Norma’s husband died two days after her health scare. She faced a daunting series of treatments designed to help her beat the disease. At the age of 90, she would face surgery, radiation treatments, and chemotherapy—with no guarantee that she’d survive. After learning of the prescribed course of treatment, Norma looked her doctor dead in the eye and said, “I’m 90 years old, I’m hitting the road.”

Norma at the Roswell UFO Museum. Photo via Facebook.

Norma packed her bags, grabbed her dog, and started touring the country in an RV with her son, Tim, and his wife, Ramie. Six months into the journey, her cancer symptoms have lessened, and she’s in no pain. Her travels have taken her to New Mexico, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Florida. Her adventures include participating in a Native American ceremony, visiting Disney World, and riding in a hot air balloon. When asked how she’s kept her positive attitude, she told Good News Network, “Just keep on going every day, that’s about it.”

Norma with a slingshot. Photo via Facebook.

You can follow Norma’s Travels on her Facebook page, Driving Miss Norma.

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