Now in her third battle with cancer, Olivia Newton-John has been through it and showed utmost strength. So, in the wake of Alex Trebek‘s recent stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she has sage advice for her fellow cancer fighter.
“You can get through this,” she recently dished to Entertainment Tonight about what she told the TV host, 78. “Don’t listen to stage IV and don’t read the the statistics. Stay focused and see how you can heal yourself.”
Olivia, 70, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 but, instead of feeling down, the Grease star admits that her health issues made her see the beauty in life. “Every day is a gift anyway,” she admitted. “We don’t know how long our life is so every day is an extra bonus for me and I’m very grateful and I intend to be here for a very long time. I have much to do still and I’m enjoying my life.”
For his part, Alex isn’t letting cancer get the best of him either. A friend recently told Closer Weekly the Jeopardy! host has been doing everything that he can to beat the deadly disease. “He always says, ‘No matter what, I power through.’ He really is hopeful,” the insider noted. Plus it doesn’t hurt that “he’s got all the help and the care [that] money can buy.”
“He loves his life, his work and his family,” the insider added, speaking just days after Alex unexpectedly announced that he was diagnosed with cancer in a short video on Wednesday, March 6. “He knows what a privileged, blessed life he has, and he wants more of it.”
“Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer,” Alex said in the video announcing the troubling news. “Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”