Saturday 16 December 2017

Woman (91) who skipped cancer treatment to take 'bucket list' road trip remembered in touching Facebook tribute

'I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road'

Norma Jean pictured with family dog Ringo (Photo: Facebook/DrivingMissNorma)
Norma Jean pictured with family dog Ringo (Photo: Facebook/DrivingMissNorma)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

An American woman who skipped cancer treatment to take a 'bucket list' road trip across the US lives on in a touching Facebook page dedicated to her journey.

Norma Jean Bauerschmidt's travels have been documented on her Facebook page 'Driving Miss Norma', which is followed by over 500,000 people.

Ms Bauerschmidt decided to take the trip last year after she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and told by her doctor that surgery or treatment were unlikely to cure the illness, The Independent reports.

"I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road", Ms Bauerschmidt told the doctor, according to her daughter-in-law Ramie.

She began her travels from Michigan with her son Tim, Ramie and their dog Ringo in August 2015.

Marking a year on the road, their Facebook post read; "We have driven the RV nearly 13,000 miles and slept in over 75 different locations in 32 states.

"Miss Norma has experienced more 'firsts' than we can count.

"Big things, like riding in a hot air balloon or on a horse, to little things like getting a pedicure or having her first taste of key lime pie, oysters and fried green tomatoes.

"She has had her hair done by ten different stylists and has crossed the time zones 9 times."

She began her palliative care in San Juan Island, Washington last August and her death was confirmed in October 2016

A book documenting her travels is set to be published by HarperOne, and is called 'Driving Miss Norma'.

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