OLIVIA NEW­TON-JOHN

THE SUNNY AUS­TRALIAN SU­PER­STAR BE­LIEVES THAT SHE’S ON THE PATH TO BEAT­ING CAN­CER FOR A THIRD AND FI­NAL TIME

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Vic­tory is the word this Aus­tralian su­per­star has in mind dur­ing her third can­cer bat­tle.

She’s best known for be­ing a pop su­per­star and play­ing Sandy in 1978’s big-screen ver­sion of Grease, but Olivia New­ton-John has an­other job these days: war­rior. “My dream is to see an end to can­cer in my life­time,” says the star, 70. “I’m win­ning for the third time. I feel great and pos­i­tive.”

Af­ter an ini­tial breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis in 1992, Olivia re­ceived a mas­tec­tomy and treat­ment. Then in 2013, she un­der­went more ther­apy af­ter the dis­ease spread to her shoul­der.

Given a clean bill of health, she was on tour last year when she be­gan suf­fer­ing se­vere back pain. “I would limp back­stage and gin­gerly lie down on my dress­ing-room floor, cry­ing in agony,” she writes in her new book, Don’t Stop Believin’. An MRI re­vealed a re­cur­rence of her can­cer, which had metas­ta­sized into her lower back.

A NAT­U­RAL AP­PROACH

The star ad­mits she had some dark days af­ter the di­ag­no­sis, but she feels good about her progress. “I be­lieve I will win over it, and that’s my goal,” says Olivia, who founded the Olivia New­ton-John Can­cer Well­ness & Re­search Cen­tre in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

She has been treated with ra­di­a­tion and now uses herbal ther­a­pies, in­clud­ing cannabis oil, to man­age pain. “Can­cer is some­thing I will need to stay on top of. It’s up to me to man­age my stress, to eat and rest well and to con­tinue with the heal­ing pro­to­cols,” says Olivia. “I truly be­lieve this will be my fi­nal round with can­cer. I will go on with my life.”

— Louise A. Bar­ile

“My hus­band’s al­ways there to sup­port me,” she gushes of JohnEaster­ling. “I adore you, Mom,” daugh­ter Chloe Lat­tanzi wrote on so­cial me­dia.

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