UPDATE (6/8) — Olivia Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, has shared a positive update about his wife’s battle with metastatic breast cancer that has spread to her sacrum.
Speaking with People, John, 65, explained that after just a week of treatment, the much-loved actress’s pain level has already “gone from [level] eight to about a two.”
“We both have the same unshakable belief that she’s going to have a wonderful success story,” he said. “We’re not trying to be positive. We have an absolute knowingness that we can turn this around.”
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"Olivia has always been an incredible human being and an inspiration to millions of people," the star is quoted as saying in Country Living. "If we all put our intentions for her to get through this—I know her so well—she will feel it, and it will support her. We love her and she loves us."
The 68-year-old herself spoke with the publication, revealing that she’s determined to stay positive in the face of adversity.
“I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern," the singer said in a statement. "Thank you. I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, along with a team of wellness and medical practitioners both here in the U.S. and at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. I’m totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others! Love and light, Olivia.”
Stay strong, Olivia. We know you can beat this!
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UPDATE (5/30) — After more than 20 years cancer-free, Olivia Newton-John has some devastating news: The cancer has returned, and the singer has been forced to postpone all of her remaining tour dates.
After postponing dates for her world tour earlier this year, attributing the decision to back pain, the singer shared on Facebook that said back pain was actually "breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum."
"In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows. 'I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,'" she says in the press release.
Newton-John isn't taking interviews at this time in order to focus on healing.
We're keeping her and her entire family in our thoughts and prayers. You can beat this!
(1/18/17) — When Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, she was mourning the loss of her father to liver cancer. Since her recovery, she has become a vocal supporter of breast cancer research, but even though has put on a brave face for the media, her battle with the disease has never been easy.
After the diagnosis "I felt complete and utter dread," she told Radio Times Magazine. "I went downstairs, sat in the dark and felt the fear washing over me. I was convinced that the cancer had spread at top speed and was in every part of my body."
At the time she was still married to her first husband, Matt Lattanzi, and the couple's daughter, Chloe, was only six.
"For a few weeks my world was in turmoil, but then I calmed down and started to fight back mentally. Deep down, there was always a tiny nugget of hope inside me that said, 'You'll be OK. You'll make it,' and that little voice kept me going."
Newton-John had a partial mastectomy and reconstruction but said she never felt better after losing a breast. But she has persevered, crediting a positive attitude and counseling.
"Having cancer forced me to think deeply about myself for the first time, so it was a positive experience in that respect. I learned not to feel guilty about my successful music career."
She says her struggles also "taught her [about] compassion."
Discovering the cancer
In an interview with British magazine Easy Living, the Grease actress revealed that during a routine self-examination, she discovered a lump. The mammogram came back negative, but "something wasn't right." Her doctor ordered a needle biopsy that, again, came back negative. Eventually, the doctor performed a surgical biopsy and the cancer was discovered.
Treatment and recovery
After her father's funeral the singer began chemotherapy. "I lost my eyebrows and eyelashes, but not my hair. It knocks the stuffing out of you, but it’s not permanent." As a supporter of alternative therapies, Newton-John added massages, homeopathy, meditation, and acupuncture to her cancer-fighting regimen.
Treatment lasted for eight months, and the singer has been cancer-free for more than 20 years!