When 90-year-old Norma lost her husband and was diagnosed with cancer in the space of a week, she amazed everyone by rejecting treatment and heading off to travel the US.
Two days after losing her husband of 60 years, Norma was told she had a large tumor in her uterus. Doctors offered surgery, radiation and chemo, but Norma simply told them, “I’m 90 years old. I’m hitting the road.”
And that’s exactly what she did.
Norma’s kids live in a mobile RV and, when Norma told them about her decision, they supported her 100%.
For the last six months, Norma’s been traveling the US with her family on the trip of a lifetime, in no pain and even, incredibly, seeing signs of her cancer going into partial remission.
When asked if Norma was being irresponsible her doctor said, “We see what cancer treatment looks like every day.”
“[She’s] doing exactly what I would want to do in this situation. Have a great trip!”
So five-foot-tall adventurer Norma has been exploring all the sights the US has to offer and throwing herself into the fun.
A particular highlight of her trip so far was the hot air balloon ride over central Florida.
Where Norma had to be lifted in and out of the basket and couldn’t stop laughing.
Norma has visited National Parks across the country, seen the Rocky Mountains, explored New Orleans, and taken part in a Native American ceremony — and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Norma’s advice is simple: “Keep praying every day that God will take care of you, even when it feels like you can’t care for yourself,” she says.
“Just keep on going every day, that’s about it.”
Norma, you’re an inspiration to us all.
You can keep up with Norma’s incredible journey on Facebook.