September 10, 2018
Olivia Newton-John has revealed she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades, saying "I believe I will win over it".
Olivia Newton-John reveals she is using cannabis oil to treat pain as she battles cancer for third time
The Grease star revealed she is treating the cancer with modern medicine and natural remedies, including using cannabis oil to ease the pain.
The 69-year-old actress appeared on Australian TV on Sunday night where she revealed doctors found a tumour in her lower back in 2017.
She told news program "Sunday Night" she was "treating it naturally and doing really well".
The four-time Grammy winner was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, undergoing a partial mastectomy and reconstruction surgery but the cancer returned in 2013.
Newton-John said she had undergone radiation treatments since being diagnosed with the disease for the third time but was also adopting natural remedies.
Olivia Newton-John reveals she is using cannabis oil to treat pain as she battles cancer for third time
The English-Australian actress said she was using cannabis oil from plants grown by her husband in California as she called on Australia to legalise medical marijuana.
“In California it’s legal to grow a certain amount of plants for your own medicinal purposes. So [my husband] makes me tinctures... they help with pain,” she told Sunday Night.
She said she was "lucky" to live in the state and hoped that Australia, where she spent most of her childhood, would change its laws.
“My dream is that, in Australia soon, it will be available to all the cancer patients and people going through cancer that causes pain,” she said.
She also said she was cutting sugar from her diet.
The actress said she was trying to stay positive over the diagnosis, saying “I live in this beautiful place. I have a wonderful husband. I have all the animals that I adore. I have an incredible career. I have nothing, really, to complain about”.
But in the emotive interview Newton-John added that she does experience "moments" of despair. “There are moments. I’m human. So if I allow myself to go there, I could easily create that, you know, big fear,” she said.
She continued: “My husband’s … always there to support me, and I believe I will win over it and that’s my goal.”
The star has previously spoken of her shock at being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, on the same weekend her father died from cancer.
Olivia Newton-John reveals she is using cannabis oil to treat pain as she battles cancer for third time
In 2013, she discovered a new breast cancer which had spread to her shoulder after she was involved in a minor car accident. It came just months after her sister, Rona, died from brain cancer.
Newton-John shot to fame after starring in the 1978 film adaptation of the musical Grease alongside John Travolta.
Since then she has released a number of hit singles as well as touring internationally. Her most recent concert series "Liv On" touches on her battles with cancer and the loss of family members to the disease. She was forced to postpone some dates last year to treat her cancer but she returned to the stage earlier this year.
Last year Newton-John, who turns 70 in a few weeks, told CNN: "I love to sing, it's all I know how to do. That's all I've ever done since I was 15, so it's my life."
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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