Calhoun's Department of Highways administrator Joan Satterfield is seriously ill, a patient in the Cleveland Clinic, according to family members.

They have been at her side this week, after she became ill last weekend and was hospitalized.

She has been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, a particularly difficult cancer and will require intensive treatment for at least six months.

Joan began aggressive chemotherapy Tuesday, and she will need to stay in the Cleveland Clinic for at least 35 days.

She has been in remission from an earlier bout with lymphoma, but this cancer appears to be unrelated.

The family requests that the community be prayerful for her recovery, and her name added to community prayer chains.

Cards and letters may be sent to:

Joan Satterfield
Room G70-19
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195

Or cards may be dropped-off at Cha-Tis, Grantsville.

Joan is the wife of Grantsville businessman Steve Satterfield, and daughter of 90-year-old Hur resident Elah Whisman and the late Marion Whisman, often written about in the Hur Herald. Their children are Tia and Chad.

The long-time Department of Highway's employee was appointed Highway Administrator for Calhoun in 2006.

She has worked in various DOH capacities for 32 years, starting off as a clerk in 1974, during an interview last year, Joan said, "I've been involved in administrative efforts for the department for a long time."

There are only a handful of women in WV serving in the capacity.

Satterfield said "I did reach a point where I needed some kind of change, and certainly I will enjoy the challenge. I've always liked working for the WVDOH."