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Greta Diede shows one of her therapy exercises she does under the supervision of Essentia Health occupational therapist Randon McKibbin on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2014. Diede, 54, of Wahpeton, N.D., is recovering from cancer surgery. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/David Samson

New rehab program helps cancer survivors

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Greta Diede spent part of Thursday afternoon “walking” her fingers up the wall to test her shoulders’ range of motion.

The exercise is part of her therapy at Essentia Health in Fargo to recover from a double mastectomy about six weeks ago for breast cancer.


The 54-year-old Wahpeton woman is one of the patients in a comprehensive program at Essentia, developed at Harvard Medical School, to help cancer patients regain capabilities after debilitating treatments.

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