’70s hit movie Grease actress, Olivia Newton-John is famous for her legendary role as Sandy. In the very movie. Her duet with equally legendary John Travolta, titled “You’re the One That I Want” roared the movie industry in the 70s.
This film became a breakthrough point to Olivia’s career. Not just in the acing world, she put her mark in the singing world as well. She was the winner of four Grammy Awards and had five number one hits. Her name is also marked in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But not everything was glitz and glam for Newton-John. Born in Cambridge, UK, the actress couldn’t celebrate her 70-year-old birthday in joy and happiness like she used to. She had a constant battle with cancer, and last September, she was undergoing radiation for cancer for the third time.
In 1992, she had her first diagnosis with breast cancer. Fortunately, her treatment was successful and was cancer-free for 21 years. But then, in 2013, it all came back. But this time it was worse. Cancer spread throughout her shoulder.
“I thought it’s my life and I decided I’d keep it to myself,” she said in an interview with Sunday Night. But luckily, this time as well the cancer was treated.
But the sigh soon turned into worry in 2017. The diagnosis told cancer returned and metastasized to her lower back. Throughout these ups and downs, her husband, John Easterling always supported her.
“My husband is always there and supports me. I think I’ll win it, it’s my goal,” she said.
In August 2019, Olivia spoke with 60 Minutes Australia about her cancer.
“I’m so lucky that I’ve been through this three times and I’m still here. I’m living with it. It’s just reinforced my gratitude.” she is trying to stay positive, “We know we’re gonna die at some point, and we don’t know when it is. When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary honest diagnosis, you’re suddenly given a possibility of a time limit. So every day is a gift.”
“If somebody tells you, you have six months to live, very possibly you will because you believe that,” she continued,” So for me, psychologically, it’s better not to have any idea of what they expect or what the last person that has what you have lived, so I don’t, I don’t tune in.”
After the diagnosis, Olivia is using cannabis oil to numb the pain. And despite the latest diagnosis, she is stronger than ever. Here’s to her positive attitude and our prayer. We hope she gets well soon.
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