After first overcoming cancer in 1992, the Grease star has revealed that she has been diagnosed with the disease for a third time in 2017, after she kept her second fight with cancer a secret back in 2013.
Speaking to Australia's Channel Seven, the 69-year-old singer and actress revealed she was involved in a minor car accident five years ago which led to the discovery of a lump on her back, and whilst she originally thought it was caused by the strain of her seatbelt during the collision, scans revealed the lump was actually the return of breast cancer.
“I thought, ‘It’s my life’ and I just decided to keep it to myself.”
Olivia has been receiving radiation therapy for the new tumour at the base of her spine, and says she’s also being aided by medical marijuana that her husband of 10 years, John Easterling, grows at the couple’s ranch in Santa Barbara, California.
She said: “In California, it’s legal to grow a certain amount of plants for your own medicinal purposes … I’m very lucky that I live in a state where it’s legal and that I have a husband that is a plant-medicine man.”
Despite her ongoing medical battle, Olivia won’t be consumed by negativity, as she knows she’s “a very privileged person”.
She added: “There are other people out there doing much, much worse than me. I’m a very privileged person, and I’m very aware of that. I live in this beautiful place. I have a wonderful husband. I have all the animals that I adore. I have an incredible career. I have nothing, really, to complain about.”