Actress, author, and four-time Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, 71, is battling breast cancer for the third time.
But as her Latin-tinged dance song declares, she’s “Not Gonna Give In To It.”
“I’m happy. I’m lucky. I’m grateful. I have much to live for. And I intend to keep on living it,” she tells CBS Sunday Morning co-host Gayle King in an emotional interview at her California home.
Olivia talks about her diagnosis two years ago and how, while the pain was at one point unbearable, her spirit remains unshakable.
She also shows off several of her iconic costumes – including the famous black leather jacket and pants from the finale of GREASE – that she’s auctioning off soon with proceeds going to fund wellness programs at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center in Melbourne, Australia.
By the way, if you or anyone you know has been touched by cancer and would like to help Olivia’s world-renowned center in Australia, this week the organization is holding its annual Cancer Walk & Research Run fundraiser on Sunday.
My hubby is down under and he’ll be walking not only for Olivia but also for his mother who we lost to cancer in May this year. With a few days left to go, he’s nearly reached his goal. You can sponsor Michael’s steps by clicking here.
God knows I love me some Olivia Newton-John. During my own cancer journey in 2009, she called and texted often to check in on me.
This photo was taken in Phoenix, Arizona, during a business trip Michael went on with Olivia and her husband, John. Olivia invited me to tag along to get me out of the house and on my feet.
This is what you call a portrait of courage and grace. Watch below.
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.
- In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- About 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2019. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 883.
(courtesy of BreastCancer.org)