Olivia’s Christ­mas mir­a­cle

THE AUSSIE SHOW­BIZ LE­GEND CEL­E­BRATES THE END OF 2017 WITH A SPE­CIAL PER­FOR­MANCE

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‘I TRIED TO GET MY MIND OFF MY TROU­BLES BY FO­CUS­ING ON THE THINGS I AM PAS­SION­ATE ABOUT’

The fes­tive sea­son is a time to re­flect on the year that’s just passed – and what a roller-coaster 2017 has been for Olivia New­ton-john.

Ear­lier this year the Aussie songstress was at her low­est ebb, af­ter be­ing rocked by a se­ries of health crises. As she was forced to can­cel a string of US tour dates, it looked doubt­ful that the veteran per­former would ever be well enough to take the stage again.

How­ever, fast for­ward just six months and Olivia’s for­tunes have com­pletely turned around in what friends are call­ing ‘a Christ­mas mir­a­cle’. As she heads into the fes­tive sea­son, the singer has so many rea­sons to cel­e­brate – some­thing that seemed unimag­in­able just half a year ear­lier.

‘Olivia feels in­cred­i­bly blessed to be spend­ing Christ­mas with the ones she loves this year,’ says a fam­ily in­sider. ‘She has worked hard to re­main very pos­i­tive through­out her treat­ment, but of course she’s been scared.

‘Mak­ing it to the Christ­mas ta­ble with daugh­ter Chloe and hus­band John is a true bless­ing, and she feels like her prayers have been an­swered.

‘She’s not out of the woods with her health by any stretch, but she’s de­ter­mined to be around for many years – and Christ­mases – to come. That’s for sure.’

Olivia’s health cri­sis peaked when the 69-year-old re­vealed that her cancer had re­turned.

Af­ter hav­ing beaten cancer 25 years ear­lier, she found the doc­tors’ dis­cov­ery ‘scary’, re­veal­ing they said she had a ‘tu­mour in my sacrum’.

If that dev­as­tat­ing news wasn’t enough, at the time, Olivia was also strug­gling to man­age crip­pling back pain. The singer was in so much agony that she was ‘limp­ing’ and could barely walk – let alone per­form.

But de­spite the gloomy out­look, Olivia vowed to re­main up­beat through­out it all.

‘The words that came to my mind were: “This too shall pass!”’ Olivia told Closer mag­a­zine. ‘I just had to be­lieve that I was go­ing to be OK.’

With the help of ra­di­a­tion treat­ment from her doc­tors, along with em­brac­ing al­ter­na­tive nat­u­ral reme­dies like medic­i­nal mar­i­juana, Olivia’s health has rapidly im­proved.

How­ever, the speed of her re­cov­ery has been quite as­ton­ish­ing. Her se­cret? Olivia is con­vinced that she’s liv­ing proof of the power of af­fir­ma­tions.

‘I talked to my body. I af­firmed that I was healthy and strong,’ the star re­lates. ‘I tried to get my mind off my trou­bles by fo­cus­ing on the things that I am pas­sion­ate about.’

That pas­sion has and al­ways will be for her mu­sic. In her dark­est days, it seemed un­likely that Olivia could ever re­turn to the stage. But the Grease and Xanadu ac­tress re­fused to be­lieve that, and in­stead she fo­cused her en­ergy on stay­ing pos­i­tive.

Even­tu­ally, this be­came a self-ful­fill­ing prophecy when Olivia was fi­nally well enough to re­turn to the stage in November – and she hasn’t stopped!

Per­form­ing a run of shows to­wards the end of the year, with the most re­cent in Cal­i­for­nia on De­cem­ber 10, Olivia achieved what many thought to be im­pos­si­ble.

‘Be­ing on the road with my band has been healing for me,’ Olivia smiles. ‘When I get to sing the songs I love, it’s like a gift.’

Along with a pos­i­tive mind­set, the other ma­jor in­flu­ence on Olivia’s road to re­cov­ery has been her un­wa­ver­ing sup­port sys­tem. Olivia cred­its her hus­band of nine years John Easter­ling, and her daugh­ter Chloe Lat­tanzi, 31, for help­ing her through the bat­tle of her life.

At the time of her di­ag­no­sis, shar­ing the heart­break­ing news with her loved ones ‘wasn’t easy’. But both John and Chloe stepped up to the chal­lenge and made it their mis­sion to be Olivia’s rocks.

‘What re­ally helped was be­ing mar­ried to this won­der­ful man,’ Olivia says of John.

But it wasn’t just her in­ner cir­cle that helped to lift her up. Olivia was over­whelmed by the out­pour­ing of sup­port she re­ceived from her fans and this proved an un­likely source of mo­ti­va­tion and strength.

This en­cour­age­ment made Olivia more de­ter­mined than ever to re­turn to per­form­ing – and she was fi­nally able to re­pay her fans by com­plet­ing her tour­ing com­mit­ments at the back end of this year.

For the Grammy-award win­ning singer, this marked a turn­ing point in the re­cent spell of health scares.

‘The au­di­ences have been so lov­ing and sup­port­ive,’ Olivia says. ‘It has been very mov­ing.’

Speak­ing to Dr Oz last month, Olivia went on to re­veal that she’s thank­ful to be spend­ing Christ­mas with her fam­ily – but says she takes ev­ery day as it comes.

‘You just don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen, so you have to be grate­ful for ev­ery day and make the most of it.

‘Life goes so quickly,’ she said. ‘But I want to be here and keep do­ing what I do.’

Olivia is grate­ful to have the love and sup­port of her hus­band John and daugh­ter Chloe (above).

Olivia’s great­est love is singing to her fans, and she was de­lighted to be able to re­turn to the stage.

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