“I’m so lucky that I’ve been through this three times and I’m still here,” celebrated actress, singer, mom, and cancer research activist Olivia Newton-John shared candidly.
Olivia’s stage four cancer may have spread to the base of her spine, but her spirit is unbreakable.
Amid her battle with stage 4 breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John revealed that she chooses not to focus on how much time doctors say she has left to live.
“We know we’re gonna die at some point, and we don’t know when it is,” she continued, in a revealing interview with 60 Minutes Australia on Aug. 4, 2019. “When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary illness diagnosis,” Olivia said, “you are suddenly given a possibility of a time limit.”
“If somebody tells you, ‘You have six months to live,’ very possibly you will because you believe that,” she explained. “For me, psychologically, it’s better not to have any ideas of what they expect […] I don’t tune in.”
“When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary illness diagnosis, you are suddenly given a possibility of a time limit.”
Olivia, aged 70, is battling cancer for the third time in her life. She received her first devastating diagnosis, breast cancer, in 1992. After a car accident in 2013, doctors fortuitously found that the cancer had returned in time to treat it, this time in her shoulder.
In 2018, the iconic entertainer revealed that she had cancer for a third time, in her back; a tumor had developed and metastasized at the base of her spine.
“I see it as something in my body that I’m getting rid of,” she shared, revealing her sensible, philosophical approach to the terrifying prospect of declining health. “Otherwise, you become a victim,” she continued, “which I don’t want to be, and I’m not.”
“Or, you become a slave to it.”
Olivia is taking time out from performing to concentrate on herself, her recovery, her family and loved ones. But the selfless activist is also using her time to help others.
Olivia is auctioning off movie memorabilia (including those infamous skin-tight black pants from the 1978 hit musical Grease) to raise money for her very own Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
And yes; Olivia couldn’t resist trying the pants on for fun first, and they still fit. Go, Olivia!
In January of 2019, says the Independent, Olivia refuted reports that she was “on the brink of death.” In fact, in 2019 so far Olivia’s health has shown vital signs of stability, in no small part due to her husband of eleven years, John Easterling.
The eco-entrepreneur has been taking care of his beloved wife with a bespoke cocktail of plant-based remedies. According to Culture Magazine, Olivia’s pain management and general mobility have “increased substantially” as a result.
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It’s true that we could all get hit by a truck tomorrow. But for Olivia, this old adage means more to her today than it ever did. Far from being a reason to give up, it’s a reason to keep going and fight harder than ever for the life she has left.
“Every day is a gift,” she said, sharing her incredible perspective with ET Online. “I intend to be here for a long time; I have much to do, still!”
Olivia, you are an inspiration to us all.