Iconic actress and singer Olivia Newton-John has revealed she is keeping positive despite her ongoing battle with stage four breast cancer.
The 70-year-old Australian appeared on 60 Minutes, and said doesn’t look at her health issues as “a battle or a war”, after being diagnosed in 2017 with her third bout of cancer.
“I'm so lucky that I've been through this three times and I'm still here. I'm living with it,” she said in the interview. “Every day is a gift now, particularly now.”
The Grease star was first treated for the well-known disease in 1992. After discovering a lump in her right breast, she underwent a partial mastectomy and six months of treatment, including herbal formulas, meditation and focus on her diet and fitness, before getting the all clear.
But in 2013, it was discovered that she had cancer in her shoulder after being involved in a minor car accident.
Olivia revealed that to beat the new bout of cancer, she decided to treat it with ‘modern’ medicines and natural remedies, as well as cutting out sugar completely and taking cannabis oil for the pain.
“I see it as something in my body that I'm getting rid of. I don't talk about a battle or a war,” she said in her latest interview over the weekend.
I let it go and tell it to leave and talk to my body and tell it to heal itself.
Olivia says she hadn’t heard from doctors about how long she had to live. Even if they had told her, she says she wouldn’t take note.
“I don't read statistics. If you believe the statistics, you're going to make them happen. If somebody tells you, ''you have six months to live'', very possibly you will because you believe that.”
The star's daughter also appeared on 60 minutes to share how she is coping with her mother's diagnosis.
While she was visibly emotional, she revealed it's not something they really talk about.
“We don't talk about it. No, we don't need to talk about it,” she said.
“If she's having a day where she needs to talk about it, I'm there to listen. I'll never bring it up unless she wants to.”