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How Olivia Newton-John battled breast cancer for 30 years

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After a 30-year battle with breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John died at age 73 on Monday.

The “Grease” actress and singer publicly battled breast cancer since 1992, enduring a partial mastectomy, nine months of chemotherapy and breast reconstruction.

Newton-John — who became an advocate for breast cancer detection — was diagnosed again in 2013 but privately battled it, only revealing in 2018 that it had come back in 2017.

The Australian actress announced she had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that had metastasized to the bottom of her spine.

The “Physical” singer opened up over time about how she handled the treatments and managed her pain, including openly talking about using cannabis oil after being introduced to it by her husband, John Easterling.

Olivia Newton-John signs a pink fire engine during a breast cancer research event in Las Vegas in 2016.Getty Images

She was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013.She was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013.Getty Images

The singer credits a positive attitude and cannabis to helping her battle cancer. The singer credited a positive attitude and cannabis to helping her battle cancer. Getty Images

“I actually consider the cannabis has made an enormous difference,” she told “60 Minutes Australia” in 2019. “If I don’t take the drops, I can feel the pain, so I understand it’s working.”

“People have this vision from the ’60s of individuals just sitting around and getting stoned,” she told “Today” in 2017. “It’s not about that. This plant is a healing plant. I feel we want to alter the vision of what it’s since it helped me greatly and it helps with pain and inflammation.”

Newton-John said she began using cannabis after she fractured her sacrum in September 2018, leading to her learning to walk again and being in excruciating pain. She first treated it with morphine, but weaned herself off through the use of cannabis, upping it slowly until she was 100% off the opioid.

“I’m totally off painkillers, I’m totally off morphine, and I attribute that to the cannabis since it was in a position to take over with the pain,” she told UK-based You Magazine in March 2021.

She became an advocate for early detection of breast cancer.She became an advocate for the early detection of breast cancer.WireImage

Newton-John used her illness to assist others, even opening her own public hospital — the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia — in 2012. She raised money for the middle by auctioning memorabilia from “Grease” — including the famous leather outfit she wore within the film, an item that sold for $405,000.

Newton-John and her husband founded the Newton-John Foundation in 2020 to fund research into the ways cannabis and other botanicals could help people.

The ’70s pop icon credits beating cancer for the primary time through not only chemotherapy but in addition working on her overall holistic approach to wellness — which her treatment center offers — in addition to positive pondering.

After her cancer got here back a 3rd time, the actress said she told doctors she didn’t need to understand how much time she needed to live.

“While you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary honest diagnosis, you’re suddenly given a possibility of a cut-off date,” she explained to “60 Minutes Australia.” “If someone tells you, ‘You may have six months to live,’ very possibly you’ll because you think that. So for me, psychologically, it’s higher to not have any idea of what they expect or what the last person who has what you’ve lived, so I don’t, I don’t tune in.”

She and her husband founded the Newton-John Foundation to fund research into the ways cannabis and other botanicals can help people.She and her husband founded the Newton-John Foundation to fund research into the ways cannabis and other botanicals could help people.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The “Grease” legend died at her ranch in Southern California Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends following an extended battle with cancer.

Newton-John’s death was announced on her official Facebook page in an announcement on Monday.

“Olivia has been a logo of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” it read. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”

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