'Your mind is an important part of your healing' - Olivia Newton-John shares what's been helping her fight cancer for 28 years

Olivia Newton-John
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Olivia Newton-John has shared all the things that have helped her battle breast cancer for the past 28 years.

As the world health pandemic puts a halt to some medical treatments, as more restrictions, including the 10pm curfew and rule of six, continue to impact on the UK, Olivia Newton-John has shared her journey to positivity.

Olivia, 72, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, and again in 2013, but in 2018 the disease returned and metastasized to her spine. But that's not stopped her from battling on.

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"The inspiration has been a long one because I've been on this cancer journey for 28 years," she said. "I'm a thriver of three times going through this process. The first time I had breast cancer was in 1992 and I'm still here," she said. "The treatments weren’t as good then as they are now, and there's a lot of information you can get online on how to support yourself and how to think well."

Olivia, who has gone through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, advised other women battling cancer to prioritize putting yourself first and remember "your mind is such an important part of your healing."

"We're not just a body going through cancer - we're a whole human with the mind, body, spirit and soul," she said. "And we need to try and think positive thoughts. We need to surround ourselves with people who are going to give us positivity back. It really helps."

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During lockdown Olivia has been isolating in California with her husband John Easterling and she's been enjoying not travelling so much.

"I think being at home so much, which has been wonderful for me because it's a novelty because I've been on the road most of my life it seems ... and to wake up every day and to hear the birds and see the sunshine in the trees. I'm so grateful for every day."

Speaking of her husband, the former Grease star said, "I'm very lucky that I have him in my corner, and teaching me about the plants and the herbs. He grows cannabis for me and I take tinctures that have helped me greatly."

Olivia, who recently launched the Olivia Newton-John foundation - a wellness programme which she hopes will help other sufferers now more than ever.

She added, "It's a good time to kind of reinforce the idea that, 'Yes, we're all going through something, but cancer patients have been dealing with this forever, sadly, and going forward, let's help them.’"

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.