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Woman Who Happily Chose RV Trip Over Cancer Treatment Passed Away

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Norma Jean Bauerschmidt gained notoriety when she decided to forego cancer treatment for a lively trip across the country in an RV with her son and daughter-in-law. Norma passed away last week at age 91, but she collected many new memories on her final adventure.

In an introductory post on their Facebook page detailing the trip dubbed Driving Miss Norma, her son-in-law explained how the doctor reacted when they told him their decision. “’As doctors,’ he said, ‘we see what cancer treatment looks like every day: ICU, nursing homes, awful side effects. Honestly, there is no guarantee she will survive the initial surgery to remove the mass. You are doing exactly what I would want to do in this situation. Have a fantastic trip!'”

Over 400,000 Facebook followers learned of Norma’s passing in San Juan Island, Washington via a post her daughter-in-law made. They also posted about a memorial for Norma. In the description, they explained that Norma would want people to spread the love. They asked, “If you are inclined to send flowers, please send someone a surprise bouquet and tell them about Miss Norma. Donate to a charity of your choice. Pay it forward in your own community; pay it forward in your own family; take your grandmother out for lunch; heck, take her out for a beer!”