Olivia Newton-John on Staying Positive While Fighting Breast Cancer: 'I Have Much to Live For'

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Olivia Newton-John attends the 2018 G'Day USA Los Angeles Gala at the InterContinental Hotel on Jan. 27, 2018 in Los Angeles. 

Back in September, Olivia Newton-John revealed that she is battling breast cancer for the third time. In a new CBS interview with Gayle King, the songstress and actress talked being positive and staying present despite the terrible disease.

"Denial is really good!" she joked about keeping her worries under wraps. "It's really healthy! But it was consuming my day. And after a time, I went, 'You know what? I don't know what my time is, but I need to enjoy my life. So, I'm going to eat a cookie if I want it. And I'm gonna have a cup of tea if I want it. And if I wanna have a little bit of wine, I'm gonna do that.' Because the joy of life and everyday living has to be a part of that healing process as well."

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 at the age of 43, and returned in 2013. In May, she revealed that her recent struggles with the disease had spread to her back. “It’s almost like, I think I know what the statistics are. And if, and, but I put them away. But I’m gonna live longer than that. I’ve made that decision. And I don’t buy into the statistics ‘cause I think they can make you really nervous,” Newton-John said.

"It's a decision how you choose to feel about something. So, I've chosen that path," she continued in a positive light. "I'm happy. I'm lucky. I'm grateful. I have much to live for. And I intend to keep on livin' it."

Watch the full interview here.


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