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Councilman Bill Rosendahl says cancer is in remission

May 02, 2013|By David Zahniser
  • Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl says his cancer is in remission.
Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl says his cancer is in remission. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles…)

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said Thursday that his cancer is in remission, announcing on his YouTube channel that medical marijuana played a critical role in his survival.

Rosendahl, who steps down June 30 after eight years in office, released a video saying he went through “five months of hell” and had been told initially he would not live past last November's election. Doctors diagnosed Rosendahl with Stage 4 cancer of the ureter in his pelvic area last year.

Seated at a desk in the video, Rosendahl thanked his supporters for sending him food and prayers and credited medical marijuana as a pivotal part of his recovery.

"I was able to get six hours of sleep a night uninterrupted with no pain," he said. "That came from the medical marijuana. Without it, I would not be alive today."

In a separate interview, Rosendahl said his treatment also involved 13 radiation sessions and 10 rounds of chemotherapy. The latest update came Tuesday from the doctor, he said.

"She said, 'I have good news for you. We don't detect any cancer and you don't need to come back for six weeks,'" he said.

Rosendahl represents a district that stretches from Westchester to Pacific Palisades. He announced last fall that he was stepping down to focus on his health. His chief of staff, Mike Bonin, won the race to replace him on March 5 and will be seated July 1.


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