Cancer is an awful beast, but Olivia Newton-John is keeping positive as she battles stage four breast cancer.
Appearing on 60 Minutes on Sunday night, the 70-year-old Australian singer said she doesn’t look at her health issues as “a battle or a war”, after being diagnosed in 2017 with her third bout of cancer.
“I'm so lucky that I've been through this three times and I'm still here. I'm living with it,” she said in the interview. “Every day is a gift now, particularly now.”
Olivia’s third cancer diagnosis came after she was first treated for the disease back in 1992, after finding a lump on her right breast.
She underwent a partial mastectomy and six months of treatment, including herbal formulas, meditation and focus on her diet and fitness, before getting the all clear.
However, there was more heartache for the star when she was diagnosed with cancer in her shoulder in 2013, after she was involved in a minor car accident.
Back in September 2018, the star said she had decided to treat this cancer with ‘modern’ medicines and natural remedies, as well as cutting out sugar completely and taking cannabis oil for the pain.
“I see it as something in my body that I'm getting rid of. I don't talk about a battle or a war,” she said in her latest interview over the weekend.
“I let it go and tell it to leave and talk to my body and tell it to heal itself.”
The Grease star, who was last year plagued with reports she was ‘clinging to life’, says she hadn’t heard from doctors about how long she had to live. Even if they had told her, she says she wouldn’t take note.
“I don't read statistics. If you believe the statistics, you're going to make them happen. If somebody tells you, 'you have six months to live', very possibly you will because you believe that.”
Her daughter Chloe Lattanzi also spoke during the televised interview on Channel Nine, visibly emotional as she reflected on her mother’s ill health.
“We don't talk about it. No, we don't need to talk about it,” she said.
“If she's having a day where she needs to talk about it, I'm there to listen. I'll never bring it up unless she wants to.”
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