She has battled breast cancer on three separate occasions, but now Olivia Newton-John wants to make sure no one else has to deal with this, as she wants to help bring forth a cure.
Back in May 2017, the 70-year-old revealed to the world that she was battling cancer again, this after she hid her second bout from her fans in order to avoid “speculation.” Today, the actress has been doing her best to heal and get better, with some help by medicinal cannabis, which her husband, John Easterling cultivates. “I was on quite high doses of morphine when I came out of hospital last year and I have been able to wean myself off morphine with cannabis,” the Grease star revealed to Daily Mail.
“Opiates kill people. Cannabis doesn’t; it does amazing things. It helps me with the pain, the anxiety, the sleeplessness and I believe it has properties for healing, too,” she added. While people have criticism of this approach, Olivia believes that this will lead to more research to curing the disease.
“Thinking this is all for a reason, that’s what works for me. I want to be part of finding the end of cancer. Is it truly within our grasp?” the “Physical” singer explained. “You have to believe that.” And Olivia is helping towards that cure — she has a hospital named the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, and she continues to raise funds for it.
However, after stepping into the ring with cancer three times, Olivia has also found herself thinking about her life and mortality. “When you have a cancer diagnosis it changes things. We all know we’re going to die one day. We don’t like to think about it, but one day we all will,” the Don’t Stop Believin’ author once told The Herald Sun.
“When you have a cancer diagnosis it just makes it more obvious that it could happen and it makes you much more aware of the present and that every day is a gift and that’s how I live,” she added.
We wish Olivia nothing but the best and hope she continues to stay strong!