Ice Bound : A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole
Ice Bound A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole Author:Maryanne Vollers, Jerri Nielsen Jerri Nielsen was a forty-six-year-old doctor working in Ohio when she made the decision to take a year's sabbatical at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Antarctica, the most remote and perilous place on Earth. The "Polies," as they are known, live in almost total darkness for six months of the year, in winter temperatures as low as 100 degre... more »es below zero -- with no way in or out before the spring.
During the long winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, solely responsible for the mental and physical fitness of a team of researchers, construction workers, and support staff, discovered a lump in her breast. Consulting via email with doctors in the United States, she performed a biopsy on herself, and in July began chemotherapy treatments to ensure her survival until condition permitted her rescue in October. A daring rescue by the Air National Guard ensued, who landed, dropped off a replacement physician, and minutes later took off with Dr. Nielsen.
This is Dr. Nielsen's own account of her experience at the Pole, the sea change as she becomes "of the Ice," and her realization that as she would rather be on Antarctica than anywhere else on earth. It is also a thrilling adventure of researchers and scientists embattled by a hostile environment; a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an isolated, intensely connected community faced with adversity; and, at its core, a powerfully moving drama of love and loss, of one woman's voyage of self-discovery through an extraordinary struggle for survival.« less
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A fascinating account of a 47 year old female physician who discovers she has breast cancer while she is "wintering over" at the South Pole, during the 8 or 9 months of the year when the Pole can't be approached by aircraft (or their fuel will freeze). I won't give away what happened next--but it is truly a testament to one woman's strength in the face of adversity. The best part of the book is really the descriptions of what the Pole community is like--bizarrely basic and very close-knit. A terrific read.
This is a very inspirational story about an amazingly strong woman who did the seemingly impossible: diagnosing and beginning treatment for breast cancer while at the South Pole during the "unreachable" winter months.
Inspirational story about a doctor's diagnosis and treatment of her own breast cancer while wintering-over on Antarctica.Good read and very visual; she describes the Antarctic landscapes in such great detail that I had dreams about it for weeks after finishing this book. Rest in Peace Jerri Nielson.
Patricia O. reviewed Ice Bound : A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole on
I have read and reread this book. Its a nonficton I couldn't put down ! The factoids about life in Antarctica [fuel too thick to fly at low negative temps, being allowed 2 two minute showers per week!] give insight to life in this barren place. And yet Jerri Nielsen describes the beauty of the various shades of blue and white in the landscape and makes peace with the dark and various crises in her life. There is humor in the book as she tells the stories of day to day life at the station. Jerri's discovery and treatment of her own breast cancer is an amazing story !!