Dr. Jerri Neilson passed away

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   Posted 6/24/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I know many of us were fascinated by the story of Dr. Jerri Neilson, the doctor who diagnosed herself and treated herself for breast cancer while stationed in the South Pole. Her story hit the airwaves around the time I went through treatment, I felt very connected to her.
I heard her speak back in 2000 and got my book autographed. While she signed my book, the local photographer  for the hospital sponsoring the event, took our picture and it made the cover of their internal newsletter, so I have a copy of it too.
I had no idea she was sick, seems she battled mets for several years.
Sad day for me....

Post Edited (Tavish) : 6/24/2009 10:52:23 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/26/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for letting us know. Her ex husband kind of caused her a lot of grief and the publicity about her died away, so I'm sure many of us had no idea she was fighting mets. I didn't realize she had remarried. I, too, read every word about her back in 1999 because that is when Carolyn was first diagnosed and I was going through all that infection mess. It was quite a story. Wonder where her kids are now? Sad times for everyone when another life is lost to cancer. Hugs MK

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