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Breast cancer sufferer Olivia Newton-John: ‘I’m feeling fantastic’

Olivia Newton-John says medicinal cannabis is the only thing that has eased her pain. REUTERS

Breast cancer sufferer Olivia Newton-John: ‘I’m feeling fantastic’

Battling breast cancer for the third time, Olivia Newton-John says there's only one thing that gives her hope.

Breast cancer sufferer Olivia Newton-John: ‘I’m feeling fantastic’

Olivia Newton-John says she feels “fantastic” as she continues to bravely battle breast cancer, and puts her positive outlook down to the use of medicinal cannabis.

A long-time advocate of medicinal marijuana for sufferers of cancer and major illnesses, Newton-John says being able to offer it to everyone is her “dream”.

 “I’m right here, right now, alive and healthy,” the 70-year-old said at this year’s Wellness Walk in Melbourne on Sunday, according to Ten Daily.

This time last year the former actor and singer revealed her condition had confined to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.

“I was flat on my back in the centre, and this year, through treatment and medicinal cannabis, I am feeling fantastic.”

Revealing her hopes for medical cannabis to be made available to those who need it, she said, “I hope to be able to soon offer that to everyone – that’s my dream.”

Newton-John has lobbied and campaigned for medicinal cannabis to be fully legalised.

After the recent ACT cannabis legislation was passed, Olivia told the Courier Mail on Friday: ‘It’s all my doing!’ 

“In all seriousness I hope we played some part in it. We talked to the politicians about how the public are really wanting this change.”

Back in August, the Grease co-star admitted she doesn’t know how much longer she had left to live.

She received the shock diagnosis in September 2018, and opened up on her courageous battle earlier this year.

The chances of her condition healing completely are said to be very slim.

“When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary illness diagnosis, you are suddenly given a possibility of a time limit,” she said earlier this year.

“If you believe the statistics, you’re going to make them happen. If somebody tells you, ‘you have six months to live’, very possibly you will – because you believe that.”

Her third and current fight with breast cancer comes five years after her second, and two decades after she overcame the disease in 1992.

However her current battle has been hugely helped by medical cannabis, she said.

“It was instant. I felt a big change in my mobility and pain relief. It got me off morphine, which is a huge deal.”

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