Grease star Olivia Newton-John has opened up about her latest battle with breast cancer, after learning several months ago that the disease had returned.
The actress had spent 25 years in remission before the news was broken that the cancer had returned and has spread to her lower back region. Despite the revelation, Ms Newton-John has resolved to remain upbeat.
In the past, Ms Newton-John underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction as part of her journey to recovery. Speaking to the Today show, the star said that she believes it’s possible to live with cancer as long as the necessary care is taken.
“I think you can live with cancer, like you can live with other things if you take care of yourself,” she said, adding that she made a conscious decision to have a positive outlook in spite of the news.
The actress said that her battles with cancer inspire her to help others experiencing the disease; she was instrumental in establishing the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center in Melbourne, Australia – a comprehensive cancer centre that also provides therapy, art activities, yoga and massage, among other services, for cancer patients and their families.
She went on to comment that having cancer has taught her that she is stronger than she thought and that she prefers to be called a cancer thriver rather than a survivor, saying: “Survivor sounds like someone clinging onto a lifeboat – a thriver’s someone that’s already off the boat and on land.”
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