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Fighting on: Olivia Newton-John has started about her fight against breast cancer in an emotional interview with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King

Olivia Newton-John started about her fight against breast cancer in an emotional interview in which the actress and singer swear to fight the disease.

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The 71-year-old is fighting breast cancer for the third time and admits that she is focusing on her gratitude for life when she is fighting the debilitating disease this time.

& # 39; I am happy. I'm lucky. I am grateful. I have a lot to live for. And I intend to keep it alive & # 39 ;, said Olivia in an interview with CBS This morning co-host Gayle King aired Sunday.

Fighting on: Olivia Newton-John has started about her fight against breast cancer in an emotional interview with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King

Fighting on: Olivia Newton-John has started about her fight against breast cancer in an emotional interview with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King

Heartbreaking: the 71-year-old was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2017, making her the third time she had to fight the disease

Heartbreaking: the 71-year-old was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2017, making her the third time she had to fight the disease

Heartbreaking: the 71-year-old was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2017, making her the third time she had to fight the disease

Star power: the actress and singer is known for her role as Sandy in Grease
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Star power: the actress and singer is known for her role as Sandy in Grease

Star power: the actress and singer is known for her role as Sandy in Grease

The Austarlian resident is known for her acting roles in films such as Grease and for singing hit songs such as Let & # 39; s Get Physical.

But in between jobs, Olivia fought against her breast cancer diagnosis, which she received in 2017. Before that Olivia was also diagnosed with the disease in 1992 and 2013.

Although the cancer keeps recurring during multiple stages of the actress's life, she said she felt no anger about the diagnosis.

& # 39; No. & # 39; Why I & # 39 ;, has never been a part of it, & # 39; said Olivia. & # 39; But I never felt like a victim. I never had the feeling: "Why not?" Maybe I knew deep down that there was a reason or purpose for it, or maybe I had to make one to make it right for myself. Because it – again, it's a decision: "How am I going to deal with it?"

Olivia was asked by Gayle about when she got her stage 4 diagnosis of breast cancer in 2017.

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At the time, the actress said she had not paid attention to percentages or statistics when hearing the news.

& # 39; In my opinion, if they give you a percentage, or if you know: & # 39; So many women get this and they live so long & # 39 ;, you can make that and make it happen, & # 39; said Olivia.

& # 39; It's almost like – I think I know what the statistics are. And if, and, but I put them away. But I'm going to live longer than that. I made that decision. And I don't buy the statistics because I think they can really make you nervous. & # 39;

Different mindset: this is Olivia's third cancer diagnosis, but the actress told CBS Morning News that she had never paid attention to statistics about her prognosis

Different mindset: this is Olivia's third cancer diagnosis, but the actress told CBS Morning News that she had never paid attention to statistics about her prognosis

Different mindset: this is Olivia's third cancer diagnosis, but the actress told CBS Morning News that she had never paid attention to statistics about her prognosis

Fighting Together: Olivia (right) uses medicinal marijuana grown by her husband John Easterling (left). She said the marijuana helped her manage her severe pain
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Fighting Together: Olivia (right) uses medicinal marijuana grown by her husband John Easterling (left). She said the marijuana helped her manage her severe pain

Fighting Together: Olivia (right) uses medicinal marijuana grown by her husband John Easterling (left). She said the marijuana helped her manage her severe pain

The diagnosis: Olivia & # 39; s cancer is manageable but not curable because it has spread or spread to other parts of her body

The diagnosis: Olivia & # 39; s cancer is manageable but not curable because it has spread or spread to other parts of her body

The diagnosis: Olivia & # 39; s cancer is manageable but not curable because it has spread or spread to other parts of her body

Stage 4 breast cancer means that the cancer has spread or spread to other parts of the body, away from the breast tissue.

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Usually the disease will spread to the bones, liver and lungs. But it can also spread to the brain or other organs in the body Cancer.org.

Although the disease can be controlled for many years with the right treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy to reduce tumors, it cannot be cured.

Because of the diagnosis, Gayle wanted to know if Olivia had ever thought of her own death.

& # 39; You have to think about it, I mean, it's part of life, & # 39; Olivia said frankly to the host and added: & # 39; And of course, if you have a cancer diagnosis, your death is a little bit there. While most people have no idea when we will die.

& # 39; And I could die tomorrow. A tree can fall on me. So it's just that we have the knowledge that we could die. But I am not – I try not to think too much about it. But I try to meditate and be peaceful about it and know that everyone I love is there, so there is something to look forward to. & # 39;

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Olivia is a strong believer in the use of medical marijuana to relieve some of the pain she has experienced in fighting cancer. A route, she says, that has helped improve her quality of life.

She recently attended the Cannabis Science Conference 2019 in Portland, Oregon, to discuss her personal journey with the use of marijuana to control her pain.

& # 39; When I started taking (marijuana) my pain level became so much less and (better) manageable. I was more mobile, I slept. It took away a lot of fear, & she said at the time.

Olivia reiterated her position on the use of medicinal marijuana when talking to Gayle, saying it helped the & # 39; crying pain & # 39; that she had by relieving her cancer.

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