Olivia Newton-John has canceled several speaking engagements ahead of the news that she is battling cancer for the third time.
She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and then again in 2013 — but that time it had spread to her shoulder. She recently admitted to CNN-affiliate Seven Network’s Sunday Night that in late 2017 she was diagnosed with a tumor at the base of her spine, but she is only now coming forward with the news.
The Grease actress told Sunday Night that she’s treating the cancer with modern medicine but also using cannabis oil for the pain.
“I’m very lucky I live in a [US] state where it’s legal… my dream is that in Australia soon it will be available to all the cancer patients and people going through cancer or any kind of disease that causes pain,” she admitted.
Olivia has been such a fierce advocate for breast cancer awareness that there’s a cancer center named after her in Melbourne, Australia: the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre.
The 69-year-old Hollywood icon is not letting the diagnosis get her down, and she told the news program that with the steadfast support of her partner John Easterling, she can get through anything.
“My husband’s always there, and he’s always there to support me, and I believe I will win over it and that’s my goal,” she triumphantly announced.
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