[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/05/kennedy.health.care/art.Ted.Kennedy.brain.jpg caption="Sen. Edward Kennedy announced in 2008 that he had a brain tumor in his left parietal lobe."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has been recuperating from brain cancer surgery, was back in Washington on Thursday as President Obama set out to tackle a major domestic policy item on his increasingly loaded plate - health care reform.
Kennedy, 77, suffered a seizure in May 2008 at his home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Shortly afterward, doctors diagnosed a brain tumor. He has been holed up in Massachusetts to recover, rarely returning to Washington.
On Inauguration Day, the senior Democratic senator from Massachusetts again suffered a seizure, this time at a luncheon for members of Congress and the newly inaugurated President Obama.
But according to aides, Kennedy has been meeting with his staff multiple times a day, and is actively engaged in directing and coordinating movement on his committee on health care reform.