For many, a cancer diagnosis seems like a death sentence, regardless of how advanced it is. Following diagnosis, the intense treatments (and perhaps multiple surgeries) will likely change the patient’s life for good. One woman, however, refused to allow her cancer diagnosis to define her or the rest of her days. This 90-year-old woman named Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer just a few days after the death of her husband, Leo. As she sat there listening to treatment options, she decided that she would do none of it; instead, she would hit the road and live her life to the fullest for however many days she had left.
Norma, with the support of her children, packed her bags and set out to see and do what she had always wanted. Living her life to the fullest since the diagnosis has included traveling to the Rockies, riding in a hot air balloon over central Florida, participating in a Native American ceremony, and exploring numerous National parks. She has faith in God that He will take care of her, and she is grateful for the opportunity to see and do as much as she is.
If you were to see Norma, you would never guess that she was 90 or had cancer. She is full of life, and looks to make the most of each and every day. She loves to reminisce about the times with her husband. By taking one day at a time and making the most of each hour, Norma has improved her quality of life. When she’s not traveling, she enjoys making baskets, knitting, reading, completing jigsaw puzzles, and drinking tea, beer, or sweet wine.
You can follow Norma on her Facebook page called Driving Miss Norma, where she highlights her travels and the amazing things she sees and experiences. This is one woman who took a cancer diagnosis and flipped it on its head: she did not let cancer or cancer treatment take her life, instead it reinvigorated her. Norma can be, and should be, an inspiration to all of us, whether we have cancer or not, to live our lives and each and every day to the fullest. Do what makes you happy, and you never know where it may lead you!
Images: Facebook/Driving Miss Norma