By Maryanne Vollers
Jerri Nielsen was once a forty-six-year-old physician operating in Ohio whilst she made the choice to take a year's sabbatical at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Antarctica, the main distant and dangerous position in the world. The "Polies," as they're recognized, reside in nearly overall darkness for 6 months of the 12 months, in iciness temperatures as little as a hundred levels lower than zero--with no approach in or out prior to the spring.
During the lengthy iciness of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, completely liable for the psychological and actual health of a group of researchers, building employees, and help employees, found a lump in her breast. Consulting through electronic mail with medical professionals within the usa, she played a biopsy on herself, and in July all started chemotherapy remedies to make sure her survival until eventually situation authorised her rescue in October. A bold rescue by means of the Air nationwide defend ensued, who landed, dropped off a substitute health care professional, and mins later took off with Dr. Nielsen.
This is Dr. Nielsen's personal account of her event on the Pole, the ocean switch as she turns into "of the Ice," and her attention that as she may otherwise be on Antarctica than at any place else in the world. it's also an exhilarating event of researchers and scientists embattled by way of a antagonistic atmosphere; a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an remoted, intensely hooked up neighborhood confronted with adversity; and, at its middle, a powerfully relocating drama of affection and loss, of 1 woman's voyage of self-discovery via a unprecedented fight for survival.
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