Olivia Newton-John is not letting cancer slow her down. Earlier this year, the Grease star revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time, after nearly 25 years in remission. Now that she’s battling the disease once again, the singer talked to Today about how she’s fighting back, including why she’s using her husband’s homegrown cannabis as part of her treatment. Click through for the full details on Olivia’s cancer battle.
Olivia also acknowledged that she isn’t just going through chemotherapy to battle cancer. She’s also smoking medical marijuana that her own husband John Easterling is growing for her.
“People have this vision from the ’60s of people just sitting around and getting stoned. It’s not about that,” Olivia explained. “This plant is a healing plant. I think we need to change the vision of what it is because it helped me greatly and it helps with pain and inflammation.”
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In between chemotherapy treatments and her use of medical marijuana, Olivia is also partaking in on her own overall wellness plan, which includes yoga, massages, and art and music therapy, and is the focus of her cancer treatment center in Melbourne, Australia.
Olivia was also quick to call herself a “thriver” and not a survivor. “Survivor sounds like someone clinging onto a lifeboat to me,” she said. “A thriver is someone who’s already off the boat and on land.”
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