Say "YES" to Living!
No need to go far when looking for inspiration, whether it be a flower, an animal or a 'feel good' story such as Norma Jean Bauerschmidt's from northern Michigan. This 90 year old woman decided she was going to meet the day rather than wait for it after getting a uterine cancer diagnosis.
In 2015, she inspired thousands by forgoing treatment and taking a 13,000 mile, cross country trip instead in a motorhome. Norma Jean Bauerschmidt’s travels are followed by 400,000+ people on the Facebook page "Driving Miss Norma", with photos and an online diary of her journey.
On her trip, she never slowed down, visiting 32 states! Norma planted a tree in honor of her late husband Leo in DuBois Park, Bluffton, South Carolina, rode in a St. Patrick's Day Parade, her life and travels were written by Tim and Ramie, then published by HarperOne, lofted in a hot air balloon high above the City, traveling far outside her prior comfort zones time and again.
Through tears while reading some of the posts, it has helped me to work through some of the grief from my beautiful mother-in-law's decline and death of colon cancer. Norma did not sit still awaiting her fate, she met it head on. She passed on September the 30th, 2016 at 91 years of age.
Frank Borman must have been talking about Norma when he said, Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit. Rest in Peace dear lady and thank you for sharing your amazing 'life' experience with all of us!
The book published about Norma's travels with her son and daughter-in-law can be ordered here: DRIVING MISS NORMA: One Family’s Journey Saying YES to Living by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle.