Dying 90-year-old saw out her days on an epic road trip
A nonagenarian diagnosed with terminal cancer decided to see out her days on the road, rather than undergo chemotherapy.
Norma Bauerschmidt was still reeling from the death of her husband Leo when she received her diagnosis in July 2015.
Instead of opting for the long and drawn out process of chemotherapy, the 90-year-old decided to embark on the roadtrip of a lifetime with her son Tim, his wife Ramie Liddle and their dog Ringo.
Prior to her death on September 30, the four travelled more than 13,000 miles in their motorhome, visiting 34 states.
In an interview with BBC News, her daughter-in-law reminisced: "Tim and I had lived on the road for a couple of years, and when her husband passed we did what all families do and invited her to live with us."
"She thought about it for about a minute-and-a-half and said, 'Yes'. She was ready for an adventure."
She continued: "One of the first things we did was buy a wheelchair for her, and that was her ticket to freedom.
"From that point, on we could go out and about on outings or do whatever she wanted."
Liddle started a Facebook page, entitled Driving Miss Norma, to keep their family up-to-date with their travels. However, Norma soon became an internet hit and the page gained almost 460,000 followers, with invitations to sporting events and family dinners coming off the back of it.
As they travelled around the country, Norma was able to fulfill her dreams, visiting the Consolidated Gold Mine in Georgia and even taking a ride in a hot air balloon in Florida.
Unfortunately, the trip came to an end in mid-September, when Norma's health began to decline and she went into a hospice in San Juan Island, Washington.
In a heartbreaking post on October 1, her family announced her death the previous day.