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Bill Rosendahl announces cancer in remission 10 months after diagnosis

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Westside Councilman Bill Rosendahl was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last summer but now he is officially in remission, he announced Thursday in a YouTube clip. 

Last August, Rosendahl announced he was suffering from cancer of the ureter, which is a tube that connects the kidney and bladder. In this latest video, Rosendahl said he was given just months to live.

"Frankly I was given a death sentence," he said. "The diagnosis said I was Stage 4 and I wouldn't be around by the November election."

Rosendahl did not seek a third term of office — a decision he now credits for his good health. His chief of staff, Mike Bonin, won the March primary and will be sworn in on July 1. The councilman also attributed his good health to medical marijuana. 

"Without it, I would not be alive today," he said. 

After June 30, Rosendahl will return to private life. 

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