When you hear the word cancer, you automatically think pain, suffering, chemotherapy, death.
Getting the news is one of the most horrible experiences a person can go through. Imagine now how 90-year-old Norma must have felt when she got her diagnosis.
What’s worse, Norma just lost her husband, 67 years, and got a call from the doctor’s office, where she was told she had deadly uterus cancer.
However, Norma was a tougher cookie than anyone expected and her response basically blew our minds.
The first time Norma went to the doctors and learned of her horrible fate, she demanded to know what her treatment options were. She was advised to undergo surgery, along with chemo and radiation after.
The doctor, unsure of how she would react, looked at her, and she kindly replied, “I’m 90 years old. I’m hitting the road!”
Norma consulted her son and family members, but remained adamant not to undergo any sort of treatment.
“As doctors, we see what cancer treatment looks like every day,” said one of Norma’s doctors. “ICU, nursing homes, awful side effects and honestly, there is no guarantee she will survive the initial surgery to remove the mass. [She is] doing exactly what I would do in this situation.”
The doctor wished her nothing but the best and sent her home.
An adventure in sight
After making a life-changing decision, Norma and her family were wondering whether traveling would be a good option for her. However, once the doctor gave her the green light, she was packed and ready to hit the road.
Norma and her family began a six-month trip across America, driving in a mobile RV home. In addition, they visited several other countries outside the U.S. borders, such as China and Canada.
She even got one thing crossed off her bucket list and got on a hot air balloon ride! So far, Norma has been great with her health and didn’t even mention her cancer.
Norma passed away on September 30, 2016, when she passed away. Her family and friends will always remember her and speak of her as a woman with liberalistic viewpoints, who isn’t scared to look life in the eye and give it a wink!
Norma spent her lifetime doing the things she loved, such as reading, solving jigsaw puzzles, drinking sweet wine, and knitting.
“Keep praying every day,” she said, “and God will take care of you, even when it feels like you can’t take care of yourself.”
She shed some light on how experiencing life to the fullest can bring you happiness.
“Storytelling is really, really helpful,” she said.
“I’m pleased to know that I can be an inspiration to so many,” she added after discovering her Facebook page has more than 70,000 followers.
“Just keep on going every day, that’s about it.”