Why Olivia Newton-John CHOSE TO BE in denial about her cancer: Actress did not ‘see it as a battle’
Olivia-Newton John died on Monday, August 8, after battling a long fight with breast cancer. The acclaimed actress, who was best known for her legendary film ‘Grease’ opposite John Travolta, was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992.
Olivia-Newton John, who was a vocal advocate for breast cancer research, had earlier confessed in an interview about being in denial of her cancer as she did not want to label her health struggle as a fight. The Australian-British songstress died at the age of 73 at her Ranch in Southern California. Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling, daughter Chloe Lattanzi, sister Sarah Newton-John, brother Toby Newton-John, and a few other close relatives.
Why was Olivia-Newton John in denial of cancer battle?
In an interview with the Daily Mail in January 2020, Olivia candidly spoke about her life while battling the deadly disease. She revealed that she refused to think about her cancer daily. “Gosh, life is a gift and I've had an amazing life and I intend to keep going with it and I want to help other people with cancer of course”, said the actress two years before her death.
The actress continued, “I have my wellness center in Melbourne and I want to see an end to cancer in my lifetime so other people don't have to suffer.” Olivia had successfully beaten her cancer thrice. However, in 2017 her cancer metastasized and spread to her bones. \While shedding light on her battle with cancer, she reflected, “I don't see it as a battle. I don't think about it a lot, to be honest” adding, “Denial is a really good thing and I'm getting stronger and better all the time! I am doing well! I am feeling wonderful.” She further shared, “I'm winning over and living with it well and that's how I see it.”
‘Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years’
Olivia-Newton John’s husband John Easterling, had confirmed her death via an Instagram post whilst sharing a picture of hers brimming with happiness. While asking everyone to respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time, Easterling stated, “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.”
He added, “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation.” Olivia always referred to herself as a “cancer thriver” acknowledging that she led a full life despite her diagnosis.