Breast Cancer

Olivia Newton-John Keeps it Positive as She Fights Incurable Cancer

Published Dec 27, 2018

She may be fighting incurable cancer, but singer and actress Olivia Newton-John is feeling just fine, according to her U.S. representative. Despite reports that the star may be facing an issue so many cancer survivors worry about — missing life’s milestones (like a child’s wedding day or a grandchild’s birth) — Newton-John appears to be powering through her third bout with breast cancer with a high spirit. Newton-John was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992, then again in 2013 — and now, she has received a third diagnosis. But this time, the cancer is metastatic — it’s spread to her spine. The thought of missing the important moments is a scary one, but those close to the actress say she’s doing well.

Reports last week from Radar Online claimed the actress was fighting to stay alive to see her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, get married. However, her U.S. rep Michael Caprio told Australian news outlet news.com.au that the star is doing just fine — and responding really well to treatment. The star’s niece Tottie Goldsmith also told the outlet that Newton-John is in “really good health” — despite her diagnosis. Newton-John’s daughter said her mom is very excited about the possibility of becoming a grandmother.

Earlier this year, Newton-John disclosed that she was undergoing radiation to treat her disease. She was pairing that treatment with changes to her diet, and experimenting with cannabis oil, according to ABC News. The actress’ husband, John Easterling, grows medical marijuana on the couple’s ranch in Santa Barbara. Newton-John told People that the oil helps with pain and sleep. The 70-year-old actress has told multiple outlets that she is determined to beat the disease — despite the fact that it is considered incurable.

Newton-John’s daughter penned a touching tribute to her mother in Women’s Day Australia, saying that the actress is absolutely ecstatic to see her daughter get married, and that she is bravely battling her disease. “Now mum is battling cancer again … I felt like my whole world was collapsing in on me,” Lattanzi wrote. “After going through a denial phase, I was angry that such a wonderful, kind, amazing, generous woman had to go through hell again. It is terrifying and unfair, and it makes me mad that such a beautiful woman has to face this. But my mum has taught me the power of positive thinking and enjoying every moment. We both try to protect each other. Mum stays positive and I do my best to stay positive, too.”

In a September interview with Australia’s Channel Seven, when asked if she was scared to be battling cancer again, Newton-John said, “No, I don’t go there. I’d be lying if I said I never go there. There are moments, I’m human … but my husband’s always there, and he’s there to support me. I believe I will win over it. That’s my goal.”

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