Olivia Newton-John has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades. “I’m one of millions in this fight … in this journey,” the actress, 69, explains on the Australian show Sunday Night on Sunday, September 9. “A lot of people see it as a fight, and [however] you choose to see it, that’s your prerogative. … I see it as part of my mission.”
She says doctors found a tumor in her lower back in 2017. “I’m still treating it, and I’m treating it naturally and doing really well,” she said, adding that she’d cut sugar out of her diet, gone through radiation and is treating the pain with cannabis oil.
“A lot of cannabis, my husband [John Easterling] grows for me. In California, it’s legal to grow a certain amount of plants for your own medicinal purposes,” she said. “He makes me tinctures … and they help with pain, they help with sleep. So, I’m very lucky that I live in a state where it’s legal and that I have a husband that is a plant medicine man.”
Newton-John adds that she hopes Australia and other places will legalize medical marijuana for “all the cancer patients and people going through cancer or any kind of disease that causes pain.”