Olivia Newton-John has established the ONJ Foundation to help cancer survivors and became emotional during its announcement.
“I am probably one of those people who’s living beyond cancer, living beyond probably what people expected to happen,” she said in a video on social media.
The “Grease” star, 72, got emotional as she thought back to 1992 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. “I knew immediately something was wrong,” she said.
“I had a mammogram. The mammogram was benign and I had a needle biopsy that was also benign,” Newton-John explained.
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I am proud to announce the establishment of the @onjfoundation. With your help, we will realize a world beyond cancer. Please check out and follow my new @onjfoundation See the full video on the ONJ Foundation in the bio link. Love and light, Olivia 🧡 #onjfoundation #beyondcancer
However, she still felt something was off, so she asked for a surgical biopsy. It was then that she received her cancer diagnosis.
“I don’t say this to scare women, but you have to just trust your instincts,” she said. “All this was overwhelming. It was a feeling of dread, terror, the unknown.”
It was her daughter, Chloe, who inspired her to be brave and move forward.
“I made the decision that I was going to be okay. I had to believe I was going to be okay, that my daughter was the most important thing in my life and I would be okay for her,” she said.
More information on the ONJ Foundation can be found here.