Olivia Newton-John: Grease legend, 69, diagnosed with cancer for third time

Joann Johnston
September 10, 2018

Olivia Newton-John has revealed she is battling cancer for the third time - after keeping her second fight with the disease a secret.

She first confirmed at the end of May past year that she is battling the insidious disease again.

She bounced back and returned to the stage, but last month, she had to cancel two speaking appearances amid reports suggesting she was sick again.

Among the stars who spoke about Newton-John on 7's Sunday Night programme were Sir Barry Gibb and Sir Cliff Richard.

"She told the show: "I thought 'It's my life" and I just made a decision to keep it to myself".

Newton-John said that her husband John Easterling had been growing the plant, something she said he could do legally in California, where the couple live. "I have nothing, really, to complain about", she said.

"I believe I will win over it, and that's my goal", added the defiant star, who turns 70 later this month.

She chose to keep the second cancer private.

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"Cancer is something I will need to stay on top of for the rest of my long life", she writes in the book, according to the Herald Sun. "Always when I sing it, I get a good, happy feeling and I get that positivity and keep on believing".

"No, I don't go there".

The 69-year-old was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. "I see it as part of my mission maybe".

In addition to changing her diet and cutting out sugar, she has undergone radiation therapy and is taking cannabis oil for the pain.

In California, it's legal to grow a certain amount of plants for your own medicinal purposes.

"A lot of cannabis my husband grows for me. It's hard to say, they help with pain", Olivia said. "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".

'There are other people out there doing much, much worse than me.

Despite her ongoing medical battle, Olivia won't be consumed by negativity, as she knows she's "a very privileged person". "I have a wonderful husband, I have all the animals I adore, I have an incredible career".

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