South Pole survival story

She TMs a best selling author, cancer survivor and Medical College of Ohio graduate. Dr. Jerri Nielsen spoke with University of Toledo students about her harrowing tail of survival at the South Pole.

Her harrowing tale of survival reads like an adventure novel. But Dr. Jerri Nielsen TMs journey is far from fictional.

When I realized I had cancer, which was the moment I felt a lump in my breast, I knew that I was in trouble. I thought you gambled and you're going to loose, Nielsen.

Back in 1999, while working at a research station at the South Pole, Dr. Nielsen found herself stranded.

"It's like another planet. 115-degrees below zero at times. Completely isolated for 8 1/2 months a year and I was the only medical person, Nielsen.

And as the only medical person she was forced to treat herself for breast cancer.

"I decided the best year of my life is going to be now and that's what I did, Nielsen.

On Friday, the Medical College of Ohio grad was back at UT. She TMs talking with the next generation of physicians about her past fight and present battle, again, with cancer.

"I am just now wrapping my brain around the fact that I have Metastasis and I look at my life in a different way and I think that's what we all do through out life, Nielsen.

Dr. Jerri Nielsen will be honored with an endowed scholarship this weekend. The event is Saturday, October, 18th at 6 PM in the Nitschke Hall Auditorium on the main UT campus. There will be a free talk by Dr. Nielsen. She TMll also be signing copies of her book "Ice Bound: A Doctor TMs Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole."