90-Year-Old Woman Refuses Cancer Treatment, Road Trips With Poodle Instead

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 19, 2016

Miss Norma learned she had uterine cancer just two days after her husband passed away. That was one year ago, and today this woman is more well-traveled than most of us can say for ourselves! She decided to ditch the rigorous medical treatment to spend time with son Tim, daughter-in-law Ramie, and their dog Ringo. Norma’s Facebook page reads:

A tiny woman at 101 pounds and under five-feet tall, an exhausted Norma looked the young doctor dead in the eye and with the strongest voice she could muster, said, “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.”

5 o clock somewhere

The couple makes a life out of road tripping across the country with their 8-year-old Poodle Ringo, who bonded instantly with his human “grandma.” The group’s “Driving Miss Norma” page has nearly 170,000 fans, and documents their journey around the U.S.


Norma sure doesn’t act her age, either. Though she’s less mobile than she used to be, she and her family have been to the beaches of Florida, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and even took to the sky in a hot air balloon. (Glen here has no qualms about lifting her in and out of the basket.)

hot air balloon

Ringo comes along for as many of the adventures as he can, but is perfectly happy snoozing the day away in the RV. He is also the resident cuddlebug, co-pilot, and navigator for the team.


This pup as been on the road since he was a pup himself, and has likely sniffed more bushes than most pooches on the planet.

grand canyon

The clan has sifted through shells at Sanibel Island, Florida, and even made Norma’s first-ever trip to Disney World. According to the Facebook post:

She had never been [to Disney World] and was decidedly the oldest person we saw all day by at least 15 years! The staff at EPCOT treated her like gold as we traveled around the world and from the past to the future. At the end of the day we asked her to describe the day in three or four words. As she looked up at Spaceship Earth glowing larger than life, she didn’t hesitate and said, “It was a BALL!”

Ringo might say the same for all his adventures! He’s joined the gang for great food, great music, and even a dog-friendly museum. It was out of this world! (I’m sorry.)

dog-friendly museum

A few well-meaning people believe that Norma should have undergone the treatment, but this sharp lady has got better things to do, and she shouts it from the rooftops! We simply can’t wait to see which places she tackles next, with her family and her pup by her side. Go Norma!

H/t FOX 59, Featured Image via Driving Miss Norma/Facebook

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

March 19, 2016

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