“Grease” star Olivia Newton-John is once again battling cancer — something she defeated 25 years ago.
The actress, 68, sat down with “Today’s” Natalie Morales to discuss her valiant fight against the disease.
The actress and singer praised her husband’s love and care throughout her fight. The interview also contains Newton-John’s pronouncement that she will not be another “statistic.”
She calls herself a “cancer thriver” not a cancer “survivor,” E! News points out.
“Today” spoke with Newton-John in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.
The early warning signs were difficult for the “Grease” star to spot, she said. She began by attributing it to back pain and taking aspirins.
“I guess I was sort of surprised,” she said about learning the diagnosis news. “And I never would have associated because, in my mind, it was over. I had finished with it.”
To combat the disease, Newton-John is engaged in photon radiation and takes natural remedies. She also meditates, E! News points out.
The 68-year-old, who’s sold around 100 million records worldwide, also relies on medicinal marijuana, which she says helps her with pain while walking.
“People have this vision from the ’60s of people just sitting around, you know, getting stoned, and I think it’s not about that,” she said in the interview. “This plant is a healing plant. I think we need to change the vision of what it is because it helped me greatly…”
Newton-John further emphasized the support of her husband, John Easterling, and daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.
She called her husband her “rock” through the whole ordeal.
John Travolta (r.) and Olivia Newton-John (l.) star in the 1978 film, “Grease.”
“He’s just an incredible person. He’s totally confident that I’m fine and I’m going to last a long time,” she continued.
The star avoids reviewing the prognosis or statistics on the cancer, calling it “depressing” and saying that she’s not “going to be one of those statistics.”
Nonetheless, she recognized that the disease will likely affect her for the remainder of her life, E! News writes.
She also suggested that living with cancer can be like “living with other things,” so long as you take care of yourself.
The star uses her celebrity status to help others, too, as she’s behind the Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center, a public hospital helping with treatment, research and clinical trials.
“Having it (the cancer reoccur) again, I thought to myself, ‘I’ve done this before. You know, I got through this before and I can do it again.’”