Past the Point of Safe Return
June 24, 2009 3:36 PM Subscribe
posted by rtha (55 comments total)
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In 1999, Dr. Jerri Nielsen was the only doctor in the winterover crew at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. While there, she discovered and treated her own breast cancer until she could be airlifted out. She died yesterday of breast cancer at age 57
.Chemotherapy drugs were airdropped in July of '99
, and with the help of specialists (via satellite) and fellow winterover crew members, who helped her biopsy her lump and administer chemotherapy, she began treatment as best she could. She was airlifted out at the earliest possible opportunity (it was only 58 degrees below zero). She wrote a book
about her experience.