Back in May, Olivia Newton-John revealed to her fans that she had been diagnosed with cancer for the second time. Shortly after, she assured the public she was "feeling good" and getting the treatment she needed. Now, in an interview with Australia's 60 Minutes, Newton-John is opening up about what it was like to get her second cancer diagnosis, and how she's coping with her health problems now.
Newton-John, 68, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, shortly after her father died from cancer. She had been cancer-free for 20 years when what she thought was "agonizing" back pain ended up being breast cancer that spread to her lower spine. Now, she has been going through radiation therapy and has supplemented it with herbal therapies.
She revealed in the interview that she "couldn't walk at all" a month ago, but now can walk short distances. "I want to play tennis again. I want to be able to walk [on] the beach again," she said. "As I heal, I'll be able to walk more."
She's even relying on husband John Easterling for quite an alternative treatment: medical marijuana to help with her 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," she said. "It's been a maligned plant all these years and it really is a magical, miracle plant. It's kind of a no brainer. It's compassionate. It's kind. It's what should be available for everybody to use."
These days, she has performed in a few concerts and is planning on more, though it will depend on her health. And she insists on staying optimistic through it all. "I've had, and am having, an amazing life. So, I have no complaints, I really don't," Newton-John said. "Everyone goes through something, you know. We all have something we need to go through in life and this has been my challenge."
Watch clips from the interview below, via Entertainment Tonight: