Most of us fell in love with singer/actress Olivia Newton-John when she starred in the popular movie Grease. Who could forget her iconic role as Sandy alongside Danny (played by John Travolta)? After that, she made albums and appeared in many more movies.
But sadly, Olivia has also had a history of health issues. In 1992, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This lead her not only to be an advocate for breast cancer research but also an advocate for other health issues.
She has become a huge spokeswoman for breast cancer awareness and still tours around the world for her music. But recently Newton-John’s breast cancer has returned and it is now spreading to her back. The 68-year-old shared the news with fans.
Olivia made the announcement about her diagnosis on Tuesday afternoon on Facebook. She also announced that she was putting her U.S. and Canadian tours on hold.
According to People.com, the star initially postponed the first half of her concert tour two weeks ago because of severe back pain.
She thought it was sciatica but further tests discovered that it was actually the breast cancer spreading to her back.
A close friend to the Grammy winner told PEOPLE: “She plans to be touring in August. They’re all very positive”
Olivia was first treated for breast cancer in 1992 when she was 43-years-old. She underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction surgery.
The entertainer wrote on her Instagram that in addition to natural wellness therapies, she will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year.
She also wrote: “I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center”
The message concluded with a statement that the actress will not be accepting requests for interview and that fans can request refunds for the June concert dates directly from the venues.
Olivia’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi has turned to Instagram to ask fans for their ‘healing prayer’
The 31-year-old took to her social media, posting a photo of herself and her mom writing “I love u mama. Miss U so much. Will all of u send healing prayers for my mamas back please”
She added: “I believe in the power of positive thinking and energy. Love u all.” Sources say that her family is fairly worried about Newton-John’s condition.
PEOPLE reports that Olivia’s condition was so severe that she couldn’t walk or even get out of her bed. Prior to her health issues, Olivia was touring to promote her inspirational album Live On.