Olivia Newton-John is not about to let breast cancer get the better of her.
Newton-John, 71, opens up to “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King about her third bout with breast cancer. In 2013, she learned the cancer had spread to her back. She describes the pain it causes as a “crying kind of pain.”
“I’m happy. I’m lucky. I’m grateful. I have much to live for. And I intend to keep on livin’ it,” the actress tells King. “I never felt victimized. I never felt, ‘why not?’ Maybe deep down I knew there was a reason or a purpose for it, or maybe I needed to create one to make it okay for myself.”
Newton-John reflects on learning about her stage four diagnosis two-years-ago. “In my opinion, if they give you a percentage, or you know, ‘this many women get this and they live this long,’ you can create that and make it happen,” Newton-John explains.
“It’s almost like – I think I know what the statistics are. And if, and, but I put them away,” she continues. “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.”
Nonetheless, the actress has mulled over the idea of death. “You have to think about it, I mean, it’s part of life,” Newton-John admits. “And, of course, if you have a cancer diagnosis – your death is kind of there. Whereas most people, we don’t have a clue when we’re gonna die.”
“I could die tomorrow. A tree could fall on me. So, it’s just that we have that knowledge that we could die,” she concludes. “I’m not – I try not to think about it too much. But I try to meditate and be peaceful about it and know that everyone I love is there.”
The full interview with Newton-John airs Sunday, Sept. 29.