Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bill Rosendahl Returns To Council Chambers For The First Time Since Being Diagnosed With Cancer

"Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."
- Mark Twain

Councilman Bill Rosendahl returned to LA City Hall today for the first time since announcing his cancer diagnoses August 1st.

Looking noticeably thinner, and moving with the aide of a walker, the Councilman was nonetheless upbeat and energetic, announcing a Friday community meeting in Venice and not-so-subtely signaling his intention to run for a reelection.

“I feel strong enough not only to serve a third term, but my goal is to live until 96 and when I’m getting all this love...you know, God is love,” Rosendahl said.

Up until now, the councilman has not disclosed what type of cancer he is battling. The cancer is of the ureter, which is a tube that connects the kidney and bladder. The councilman has a tumor between his fourth and fifth vertebrae and another tumor between the third and the fourth vertebrae, he said.

"The amount of love I have gotten has been phenomenal," Rosendahl wrote in his blog.  "People have brought food to the house. People have prayed with me. People have sung with me. They have put all sorts of positive energy around me.”

As for the immediate future, Rosendahl indicated he would remain involved in City issues while undergoing treatment, but that he would only physically attend City Council meetings if his presence was needed to meet a 12-vote threshold.

For those wishing to give the Councilman their best wishes in person, supporters will be holding a community event for Rosendahl this Friday, 7-9pm, at Scott Mayers' Lantern House, 745 Milwood Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

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