OLIVIA NEW­TON-JOHN

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Speak­ing out about her de­ter­mined vow to beat her new bat­tle with cancer, Olivia New­ton-john has been open about how medic­i­nal mar­i­juana has helped her through her dark­est days.

Now, the Grease star has shared de­tails of her cam­paign to have the con­tro­ver­sial treat­ment le­galised – re­veal­ing in a new in­ter­view how she’s taken her cause to the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment to win her bat­tle.

‘I had the won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity of go­ing to Can­berra... to ask for fund­ing for my cancer well­ness cen­tre and to talk about med­i­cal cannabis I’ve been us­ing,’ she told The Ari­zona Re­pub­lic news­pa­per. ‘It’s a very ma­ligned plant that has many heal­ing prop­er­ties, and peo­ple need to re­think how they think about it.’

She re­cently re­vealed how the drug had been cru­cial in eas­ing her de­bil­i­tat­ing pain, and her de­sire to see it avail­able to all cancer suf­fer­ers.

‘I will do what I can to en­cour­age it,’ she told The Sun­day Tele­graph. ‘It’s an im­por­tant part of treat­ment, and it should be avail­able. I use it for the pain and it’s also a medic­i­nal thing to do – the re­search shows it’s re­ally help­ful.’

The 69-year-old – who was di­ag­nosed with cancer in May af­ter orig­i­nally beat­ing the dis­ease in 1992 – also spoke out last week about the heal­ing power of pos­i­tive think­ing and her mu­sic.

‘There’s no way to get through any­thing, but to go through it,’ she told The Ari­zona Re­pub­lic.

‘Those songs helped me to heal and from what I hear back, they have helped other peo­ple to heal, so that’s good. I tell peo­ple they’re hope­fully in­spir­ing songs to help you get through to the other side.’

She added: ‘I’m a now per­son. No-one knows about the fu­ture, you only know the mo­ment you’re liv­ing in, and I’m grate­ful for that mo­ment.

‘My light and my life were my daugh­ter’s birth, meet­ing my new hus­band, all those things.’ NI

Olivia has vowed to help cancer suf­fer­ers with the Olivia New­ton-john Well­ness Walk and Re­search Run ini­tia­tive.

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