Lawrence doctor Rod Barnes to talk about journey with leukemia in public forum

Dr. Rod Barnes laughs with his patient, Jim Lewis, Lawrence, as the two discuss Barnes's return to work, during an exam on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Lawrence Family Medicine and Obstetrics, 1220 Biltmore Drive. Barnes returned to his practice last week after being away nearly two years while undergoing and recovering from chemotherapy and a successful bone marrow transplant for treating leukemia.

Dr. Rod Barnes laughs with his patient, Jim Lewis, Lawrence, as the two discuss Barnes's return to work, during an exam on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Lawrence Family Medicine and Obstetrics, 1220 Biltmore Drive. Barnes returned to his practice last week after being away nearly two years while undergoing and recovering from chemotherapy and a successful bone marrow transplant for treating leukemia. by Nick Krug

Dr. Rod Barnes, a longtime Lawrence family physician, will discuss his journey with leukemia during a program at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the auditorium at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.

The event is free and open to the public. After talking about his battle with leukemia, he will take questions.

In February 2010, Barnes stepped away from his practice, Lawrence Family Medicine & Obstetrics, to battle chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. He had been fighting the disease for five years, and this was the third recurrence. He went through chemotherapy treatments and then had a bone marrow transplant in July 2010 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Three months later, he returned to Lawrence to recover.

In January, he was able to return to practicing medicine, and he has decided to share his experience because so many patients and friends have asked about it.

During the forum, he said nothing would be off limits as far as the discussion.

“I am like an open book,” he said. “They can ask me anything.”

Tagged: bone marrow transplant, leukemia

Comments

Belinda Rehmer 2 years, 5 months ago

This should be one interesting program! I plan on attending!

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midwestmom 2 years, 5 months ago

Look up 'courage' in the dictionary - his picture is right there. I was in to see him the day he found out his leukemia had returned. He consoled me about a problem that I was having... it wasn't until I asked him how he was feeling that I found out that he had such bad news just minutes before I came in. It knocked me off my 'pity pot' in an instant.

Our entire family has been blessed to have him in our lives.

We love you Rod!!!!

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