At 90, Woman Chooses Road Trip Over Cancer Treatment

At 90, Woman Chooses Road Trip Over Cancer Treatment
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If you were on your nineties and diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? See how this 90-year-old woman handles the big news.


A lady from Michigan recently diagnosed with cancer opted to go on a road trip after her doctors told her she had uterine cancer. According to a report published by the ABC News, Norma did not hesitate to go on a road trip, disobeying doctors’ advice to undergo cancer treatment. Norma’s diagnosis came two days after losing her husband, Leo. She also recently lost a brother.

“I’m 90 years old, I’m hitting the road” was Norma’s short but powerful statement, as quoted by ABC News.

Norma’s doctors recommended she should undergo chemotherapy, radiation, and even surgery for her condition. But she opted not to and instead grabbed her stuff and hit the road.

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Norma’s son, Tim and his wife Ramie, accompanied her around the country and explored spots the frail but energetic Norma wants to see. Norma was in her best mood in most times during the road trip, Ramie said, speaking for the family.

“We see a spark in her eye that we haven’t seen in a very long time. She’s up for most anything. She’s living life and not in an end-of-life mentality. She’s in the present moment,” Ramie was quoted as saying by Today News.

In the same article, Ramie posted photos of their trip. The 50-year-old Ramie said her mother-in-law was basically up for anything when they toured the country, from Mount Rushmore to the Grand Canyon. They even rode on a hot air balloon.

According to a published study from the American Travel Association, as reported by the BBC News, traveling has some good benefits to overall health. The study, which was conducted in partnership with the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, found that traveling could lower risk for heart attacks, depression, and even improve brain health.