Can­cer bat­tle

The singer opens up about her health, mar­i­juana and the great love around her

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TACK­LING CAN­CER FOR A SEC­OND TIME, a peren­ni­ally up­beat Olivia New­ton-john has thanked friends, fam­ily and fans for their im­mense love and sup­port. “When you are go­ing through some­thing like this, love and prayers re­ally help. I’m very grate­ful of ev­ery­thing,” she told Mel­bourne’s Her­ald Sun. Mak­ing spe­cial men­tion of hus­band John Easter­ling, New­ton-john thanked him for grow­ing mar­i­juana to help her deal with pain. “My hus­band’s a plant-medicine man so he grew cannabis for me and made tinc­tures for me to take for pain and in­flam­ma­tion,” the Grease star said in an in­ter­view with Nine’s 60 Min­utes. “You know, I don’t like tak­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.”

The singer, 68, who was first di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in 1992, said the lat­est di­ag­no­sis re­veal­ing the can­cer had metas­ta­sised in her lower back was less of a sur­prise as she’d been suf­fer­ing pain for some time. “I kind of felt some­thing wasn’t right, this pain had been go­ing on for a long time, “she said, adding, “I’d be ly­ing if I said it wasn’t scary.”

The star (with hus­band John Easter­ling on Sept. 8) said she has slowed down and spends more time with “my hus­band, and watch­ing the flow­ers grow.”

At her Sept. 8 char­ity event, “There was such an out­pour­ing of love,” said New­ton-john (with Delta Goodrem).

It was tough telling daugh­ter Chloe Lat­tanzi: “Well, that wasn’t easy, but I did de­liver it in a pos­i­tive way.”

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