Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Driving Miss Norma

For 67 years, Norma and Leo of Michigan were sweethearts. When he finally went to Tender Care Hospice in Southfield, she visited him, walking down the long halls to the last room on the right, reserved for the dying. Two days after Leo passed away, her doctor told Norma she had a likely cancerous growth. He outlined the options, surgery, radiation and chemo, and asked how she'd like to proceed. Looking him straight in the eye, she said, "I'm 90 years old and I'm hitting the road." He told her, "you are doing exactly what I would want to do in this situation. Have a fantastic trip!"

Her kids were fully supportive. They live in a mobile RV and had already agreed to take her wherever she wants to go. So far, they've explored several national parks, travelled 12,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains and below sea level in New Orleans. Recently they took a hot air balloon flight over central Florida. Norma is shown here enjoying her first mimosa. She is not in pain. Her mind is sharp, and signs of cancer have reduced. How is she dealing the loss of Leo? Norma says, "Keep praying every day, and God will take care of you, even if it feels like you can't take care of yourself." A Facebook page called "Driving Miss Norma" lets you join her adventure. Just visit www.facebook.com/DrivingMissNorma/

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