Radiotherapy or road trip? 90yo granny chooses travel over treatment

Norma is meeting some interesting creatures on her travels. © Driving Miss Norma
Faced with a grueling treatment regime for cancer, a 90 year-old woman from the US State of Michigan decided to swap radiotherapy for the road and let adventure be her medicine.

Armed with an RV, trusty dog, and some enthusiastic family members, she left her happy home and hit the rowdy road for six months to see what she could find out.

And she’s feeling a whole lot better for it.

Best solution!

Posted by Driving Miss Norma on Monday, December 14, 2015

The story begins not long after Leo, Norma’s husband of 67 years, died in a medical hospice last year.

Two days after his passing, Norma was in hospital learning about treatment options for the large, likely-cancerous mass found on her uterus.

Weighing just 101lbs (46kg) and standing less than 5 feet (152cm) tall, she faced surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

When asked how she would like to proceed, Norma said “I’m 90 years old, I’m hitting the road.”

Hesitant captain. I'm sure we are in good hands!

Posted by Driving Miss Norma on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

While Norma recollects on her days listening to conservative radio host Paul Harvey with her husband, her trip had more of a hippie, beatnik vibe - exploring alternative medicine traditions and indigenous ceremonies - as well as America’s iconic sites.

Starting in August, her crew saw Mount Rushmore, New Orleans and Roswell, all documented on her Facebook page, which has made her a minor celebrity.

Our first dog friendly museum. Of course it was in Roswell!

Posted by Driving Miss Norma on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Norma credits the book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande as inspiring her decision to shun medicine for travel. The book examines the role of medicine in death conflicting with the human spirit.

Six months after hitting the road, she is pain-free and has reduced signs of cancer.

High elevation travel! She did GREAT!

Posted by Driving Miss Norma on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Norma said she was both surprised and delighted by her newfound fame and is “pleased to know that I can be an inspiration to so many”, speaking to the Good News Network.

A scenic boat tour of Jenny Lake was just what the doctor ordered on this perfect day! Our tour guide Traver was...

Posted by Driving Miss Norma on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This is Mojo, he just returned from winning big in Las Vegas at the High Rollers Reigning Classic. Isn't he a beauty? btw Morgan Greene, we have been thinking about you a lot here at Morgan Stables!

Posted by Driving Miss Norma on Tuesday, October 13, 2015