Olivia Newton-John has opened up about seeing cancer as ‘a gift’, after battling the disease for a third time.
The Grease actress was most recently diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, and also fought the same condition in 1992.
Speaking about her health issues, during an appearance on Loose Women, the 72-year-old explained that she is choosing to stay positive.
‘You can make a choice on what you think and how you think about it,’ she said. ‘For me, I’m choosing to see it that way because if I hadn’t experienced breast cancer, I wouldn’t be doing the things I am doing now.
‘I wouldn’t have lent my name to a cancer wellness centre in Australia, I wouldn’t want to start this Foundation to try and find kinder therapies for cancer, which is my goal.
‘Kinder and more effective ways to treat cancer, and plant medicine being one of the avenues for that…
‘For me it gives me purpose and it gives me a reason to get up everyday. I am so grateful for every day anyway, and if I can give back and help other people, then that is really what I want to do.’
Olivia is battling cancer for the third time, and has been advocating for more research to be carried out into finding a treatment.
She even set up her own foundation, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, to fund and advance ongoing research efforts.
The star decided to turn to medicinal cannabis for treatment, instead of chemotherapy.
‘I haven’t had chemotherapy since my first bout with cancer which was in ‘92 and I am lucky enough to be married to a wonderful man who grows medicinal cannabis for me and knows a lot about many other herbs,’ she continued.
‘There are hundreds of plants and herbs and a hundred thousand in the Amazon rainforest alone. I have been lucky enough to be the beneficiary of that and it has helped me greatly.
‘I want to do the science on it and find out if what I am experiencing can be true for everybody, and that is what we are raising money for.’
Loose Women continues on weekdays, at 12.30, on ITV.
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