08/01/2012 05:07 pm ET

I’m Going To Beat This « The Ones

Dear Friends,

Life is full of unexpected challenges – and I am suddenly facing a big one. I need to share it with you — my friends, my constituents, and my colleagues.

For the past few months, I have been suffering from nagging back pain. That pain grew much worse in early July when I tried to lift something heavy at my home. After the City Council’s July recess, when I recognized the problem was not going away, I sought medical treatment. This week, after a series of tests, my doctors told me what no one ever wants to hear: “You have cancer.”