“Over these past 12 months, all of us have learned so much about living, caring, loving and embracing the present moment. No matter where we are, when asked where her favorite spot has been on this trip, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt now says, ‘Right here!’ We have also learned so much about the human spirit and the beauty of people from all over the world.”
Norma famously turned down chemotherapy and instead took a road trip. She famously documented it all. Norma has passed away at the age of 91, but she sure went out with a big bang.
Norma’s Facebook page, Facebook page “Driving Miss Norma”, is a compilation of things she chose to do rather than endure the grips of chemotherapy. She now has over 400,000 fans.
“We found ourselves sitting in an OB/GYN office talking about treatment options,” a post read. “You know the drill: surgery, then radiation and chemo in some order. When the doctor was finished he asked her how she would like to proceed.
After being diagnosed with uterine cancer, Norma had her daughter-in-law set up a Facebook page for her and opted out of treatments. She instead took a road trip.
“A tiny woman at 101 pounds and under five-feet tall, an exhausted Norma looked the young doctor dead in the eye and with the strongest voice she could muster, said, ‘I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.'”