South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper Douglas Roderick is back on patrol one year after being diagnosed with chronic Leukemia.

Posted by WKYT on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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A South Dakota highway patrol trooper who was diagnosed with leukemia returned to the road, thanks to a new treatment plan.

Douglas Roderick was diagnosed a year ago, shortly after joining the patrol. Before that, he was a Marine who'd been deployed.

He became a law enforcement officer so that he could be closer to his wife while continuing to protect and serve.

The chemotherapy treatments kept Roderick confined to a desk for seven months.

But a new opportunity arose letting him work closer to doctors in Sioux Falls, and under a new treatment regimen he was able to to return full time.

Although Doug will need chemo every day for the rest of his life, he and his wife Abby keep a positive outlook.

“Just try to live day to day, try not to think about it too much, do the things we like to do, go out and do things and just enjoy life as much as possible now, especially after a diagnosis like this,” he told KSFY.

And Abby said she can see how much it means to her husband to be working full-time again.

“Him going back to work, you can see him light up again and be excited; I can tell that he's enjoying his work,” she said.

Watch KSFY's video report below.

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