Norma is travelling in a motor home with her son Tim, daughter-in-law Ramie and their pet poodle Ringo. Over Christmas, she fulfilled one of her dreams by taking a ride in a hot air balloon.
Norma, from Michigan, told The Huffington Post: “People shouldn’t be afraid to travel. No matter your age.”
She made the decision to go on the trip in August 2015 after she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and was asked by a doctor about how she would like to proceed with her treatment. Norma, whose husband had died two days earlier, simply replied: “I’m 90 years old, I’m hitting the road.”
Her decision has been widely supported on her Facebook page documenting her trip, called Driving Miss Norma.
In a post on the page, her family wrote about the decision to not have treatment and to travel instead. According to them, Norma’s doctor fully supported the idea and said: “As doctors we see what cancer treatment looks like every day. 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. Have a fantastic trip!”