Australian superstar Olivia Newton-John confirmed she’s battling cancer again, her third diagnosis in three decades, during an extensive interview with Sunday Night.
The actress revealed a cancer tumor was found in her lower back last year.
“I am one of millions in this journey. A lot of people see it as a fight and that is their prerogative. I see it as part of my mission,” Newton-John said of the diagnosis.
And though she’s currently undergoing radiation therapy to treat her latest tumor, the singer-songwriter said she’s also relying on “modern” medicines and natural remedies, including medical marijuana grown by her husband, John Easterling, to ease her pain.
“I’m very lucky I live in a state [California] where it’s legal,” she said of the use of cannabis. “My dream is that in Australia soon it will be available to all the cancer patients and people going through cancer or any kind of disease that causes pain.”
The beloved star of the 1978 film Grease—who turns 70 this week— was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 before undergoing a mastectomy. When it recurred in 2013, she did not make her diagnosis public.
However, Olivia remains optimistic about her latest cancer diagnosis, and is determine to win the battle once again.
“I believe I will win over it and that’s my goal,” she said.