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PHOTOS: 91 Year Old Cancer Patient Dies After Epic Road Trip

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Published at 11:23am 5th October 2016.

A 91 year old woman has died after living her final months to the full on the road.

Norma Bauerschmidt from Michigan, United States was diagnosed with cancer and, rather than start treatment, she began an epic road trip.

She told her doctor: “I’m 90 years old, I’m hitting the road.”

Norma, her son and daughter-in-law explained how they planned to jump in the RV and got the full support of the medic, who 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 and remove the mass.

"You are doing exactly what I would want to do this situation. Have a fantastic trip!”

From that moment on, the inspirational pensioner began her adventures with her son, his wife and a poodle named Ringo. 

On September 27th, a photo was posted of Norma in hospital alongside the quote: 

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." - Winnie the Pooh

Norma's death was announced on her Facebook page a few days later, run by her son Rami.

The family have organised a celebration of life event on October 7th in Washington, where a memorial tree will be planted. 

More than 400 thousand people followed Norma’s journey as she traveled across America in a RV. She has met up with old friends along the way and experienced places she never would have imagined.

Take a look at some snippets of her journey below...

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