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Mar 3, 2016 11:49 AM

Driving Miss Norma: 90-year-old woman picks the open road over cancer treatment


A 90-year-old Michigan woman has become a social media celebrity after deciding to forego treatment for cancer in favor of spending her days traveling the county in a motor home.

A Facebook page called Driving Miss Norma has almost 175,000 followers and details some of the highlights of her trip.

According to Fox25, she chose the open road over the hospital and the cancer-battling options doctors proposed, like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Norma, her son, her daughter-in-law and the couple's poodle, Ringo, embarked on an RV trip across the U.S.

Her doctor was supportive of the decision.

"As doctors we see what cancer treatment looks like every day," the doctor told Norma's family. "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."

So far, Norma has traveled to Florida, Mississippi, South Dakota, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona. She's visited popular spots like Disney World, the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park.

“I’m pleased to know that I can be an inspiration to so many," Norma said.

According to Mashable, she has made new friends, driven a boat, explored the beach and fulfilled her lifelong dream of riding in a hot air balloon.


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