Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and that same weekend her father died from liver cancer. She underwent a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction and has been cancer-free for more than two decades. This is her story.
“I guess this journey, towards providing better cancer care and treatment, started for me in 1992, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The diagnosis came the same weekend my father died of cancer, so you can imagine what a shock it was.
I learned very quickly how important it was to think positively. When the second friend I called with the news burst into tears, I thought ‘I don’t need this’. I had a sister and friends make the calls. That way I could focus on positive thoughts.
I underwent a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction. It’s been a long journey, but now I am cancer-free. The whole experience has given me so much understanding and compassion. I now want to help others going through the same journey.
More and more people are affected by cancer. I believe we are a world in desperate need of healing. I’m committed to doing whatever I can.
I’ve always believed that if you go through anything, even something as difficult as cancer, then something good can come out of it. And that’s exactly what the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (The ONJ Centre) is.
The ONJ Centre provides top medical research and treatment, combined with the best in wellness care, and is an important step in the journey to bring us closer to reaching the best treatment outcomes for people with cancer - and ultimately finding a cure for all types of cancer.
My ultimate dream is that one day we will no longer need cancer centres."
Love and Light