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Free at last! DL woman to celebrate remission with party

Barb Hanson

Barbara Hanson is cancer free and she's ready to celebrate -- and she wants a little help.

"I thought it would be a nice celebration to have," she said.

Hanson lives in Oak Crossing at Essentia Health St. Mary's and on Friday, when there is usually live music for residents anyway, she decided it was the perfect time to add to the party.

Hanson has lived in the Detroit Lakes area since 1968, when she moved here and opened the restaurant Little Lebanon on Highway 34 across from Height of Land Lake.

The restaurant is now Charlie's.

She lived on Height of Land Lake for many years, and moved into Oak Crossing about three years ago.

Hanson is no stranger to dealing with health concerns. She was born with the bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta, where bones break extremely easily.

"I've had 90 fractures, that I know if," she said.

In the last couple years, she has been getting regular checkups and one day in early spring, she said, "I woke up one morning and there was a lump on my neck."

She went to the doctor and learned that she had lymphoma cancer.

She made trips to the Roger Marais Center in Fargo regularly for treatments, and in September, she was diagnosed as cancer free.

Now she will return periodically for checkups to make sure the cancer doesn't return. But for now, she's celebrating another health success.

The party begins at 1:30 p.m. in the living room of Oak Crossing.

Anyone is welcome to come help Hanson celebrate being cancer free.

She said there will be a snack served, and she is in the process of making lime green ribbons -- which symbolize lymphoma cancer -- for supporters to wear.

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