May
03
90-Year-Old Woman "Hits the Road" for the Last Year of Her Life
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Norma Jean Bauerschmidt's story went viral, so perhaps this is not the first time you've heard of her--the remarkable woman who told her doctor after receiving the news that she had uterine cancer, "I'm 90 years old, I'm hitting the road." Her Facebook page, Driving Miss Norma, gained more than a half million followers on her 13,000 mile journey that began in August of 2015 and lasted for a year until she was admitted into hospice care in August of 2016. She was accompanied by her son, Tim, his wife, Ramie, and the family dog. 

Ms. Bauerschmidt died at the end of April at the age of 91, but her legacy lives on. Rather than spending her last months undergoing surgery, radiation and chemotherapy that her doctor told her would probably not cure her anyway, she chose life. Her followers were inspired as she took her first hot air balloon ride, ate her first key lime pie, and got her first pedicure. 

The public invitation to her funeral service in Friday Harbour, Washington, requested that instead of sending flowers to the service, to send flowers to someone you love, make a donation to a favorite charity, or take your grandmother out to lunch, in the spirit of Ms. Bauerschmidt's final wish: "Wouldn't it be nice if others could just spread joy in the world." 

Source: Business Insider

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