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90 Year Old Woman Refuses Chemo. What She Did Next Is The Best EVER

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90 Year Old Woman Refuses Chemo. What She Did Next Is The Best EVER

Norma is 90-years-old this year, and has suffered her fair share of tragedy and heartbreak. Just last year, her husband of 67 years passed away, and just days after, doctors found a deadly, cancerous mass in her uterus, and told her she had to undergo chemo to have any chance of survival.

However, instead of undergoing chemo, she decided to take a totally different path that would allow her to live out her days to the fullest.

Instead of choosing cancer treatment, which would have involved major surgeries, several rounds of radiation and chemo, and a whole lot of pain, Norma just decided to leave and explore the vast world around her.

She checked out of the hospital and said goodbye to all her friends at the nursing home, and then, with all her closest family members, hit the wide open road in an RV camper.

For the past six months, they’ve been traveling the country, going to national parks and discovering beautiful new places.

Keep on reading below to hear more about Norma’s inspiring story, and view photos of her global adventures!

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

So, going backwards a bit, doctors told Norma she’d need chemo and radiation therapy to get rid of the cancerous mass in her uterus. They asked her what she’d like to do moving forward.

Already feeling exhausted with the whole process, Norma paused for a moment, and looked the doctor in the eyes to give her answer.

“I’m 90 years old. I’m hitting the road.”

 

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

She had already informed her son, daughter-in-law, and the rest of her family about the decision she would make.

No one – not the doctors, her family, or anyone else – could deter her from following her heart and refusing chemo to explore the world!

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

“As doctors, we see what cancer treatment looks like everyday,” one of Norma’s doctors told GoodNewsNetwork.

“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.”

So the doctor felt happy for Norma about her decision, and wished her all the best on her trip.

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

At first, Norma’s family felt uneasy about her decision to leave the nursing home behind and refuse the cancer treatment. They also didn’t want her to travel alone, so they decided to accompany her on her adventures. 
90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

For the past six months, Norma and her family have been exploring the U.S. in an RV, visiting beautiful sites and going to places they’ve never been before. They’ve even gone to other countries, including China!

Fortunately, Norma feels no pain from the cancer, and believes she might actually be in remission. 

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

So far, Norma and her family have gone to several national parks, the Rocky Mountains, New Orleans, and have even participated in a Native American ceremony.

Norma also took a ride in a hot air balloon over central Florida, and got to take in the stunning views!

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

Although she has been through so much in life, she displays so much positivity and gratitude in her everyday life.

“Keep praying every day, and God will take care of you, even when it feels like you can’t care of yourself,” she told GoodNewsNetwork.

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

She says that talking about the days gone by can really help to maintain a good attitude about life.

“Storytelling is really, really helpful,” she said, advising everyone to talk about the good times.

“I’m pleased to know that I can be an inspiration to so many,” she added after finding out that her Facebook page has drawn so many followers to read her story.

90-year-old quits cancer treatment to travel world

Facebook/DrivingMissNorma

Her final piece of advice for us? “Just keep on going every day, that’s about it.”

Visit Norma’s Facebook page for regular updates on her travels!

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