Throughout the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness. In honor of this, an event in my local area will be hosted by Olivia Newton-John, a breast cancer survivor, as one of the main attractions for this star-studded fundraiser. The Pink and Blue for Two will be at Busch Garden in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, October 27. This is the second year for the PB42 that brings needed attention and funding for breast and prostate cancers. It’s only fitting to focus on Olivia Newton-John’s cancer story from its beginning in 1992. She has since come very far with her hard work in promoting breast cancer awareness. Now Olivia Newton-John has been raising funds for her own cancer center in Australia. This is her journey.
About Olivia Newton-John
Even though she is best known for being from Australia Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England on September 26, 1948. When she was five years old her family moved to Melbourne, Australia. She comes from an esteemed family of scholars and scientists, so it was unusual for someone to possess a musical talent. In 1965 she entered a talent contest where the prize was a trip to England for a recording contract, much like today’s “American Idol.”
While in England it would be the start of her professional music career. One of her earliest albums from 1971 “Olivia Newton-John” featured a single that was played on U.S. radio stations. It was titled “Let Me Be There” that would lead to greater success later on for her in the U.S. The rest of the 1970s were especially great with smash hits such as “I Honestly Love You”, “Have You Ever Been Mellow” and “Please Mr. Please.” In 1978 she starred in the coveted role of Sandy of the film adaptation from the Broadway musical hit “Grease” opposite John Travolta.
This musical is still one of the most popular on film and in theatrical productions today. The early 1980s were even better with a number of single releases from her starring role in the film “Xanadu.” Unfortunately the film was a box office bomb, both commercially and with critics. It did feature a successful soundtrack including her number one single “Magic,” “Physical” from 1981 is without a doubt her best-selling single which reached platinum status, selling over a million copies alone.
In the mid 1980s she married one of the dancers from the film “Xanadu”, Matt Lattanzi. Their daughter, Chloe, was born in 1986. That is when she decided to take a break from her music career. In 1992 Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer after a self examination.
Her Cancer and Survival Story
When she did her breast self examination back in 1992 Olivia felt some lumps. Initially, she had a series of tests that all came up negative, yet the lumps were still there. It wasn’t until she had a surgical biopsy when the cancer was found. Naturally the diagnosis was a scary time for her.
She decided to try Eastern and Western medicines, meditations, prayers and acupuncture. One of the things Olivia Newton-John was determined to do was not tell her daughter about it at the time. Of course her daughter, Chloe, found out about her mother’s cancer from a schoolmate. Chloe was mad and told her mom “You should have told me. I could have taken care of you!”
Olivia’s cancer journey has been a gift, because she realized the important things in life, like her family, and to appreciate what she has. One of the things she says is important for those with cancer and the recovery process is to have a point person like a sister, brother, mother, father, son, daughter or close friend you can talk to. The more information you have about breast cancer the better.
They say information is power. Olivia Newton-John is a staunch believer in breast self examinations based on her own life-saving experience. She is a firm believer in these monthly exams. Now you can find out how to do a breast self exam correctly with her Liv Aid. This is a simple medical device, shaped like a heart and in the color of pink that represents breast cancer, you can effectively do yourself.
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre
As a result of her own personal victory against breast cancer she has now established a partnership in Australia with the Austin & Repartriation Medical Centre with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre at the Austin campus in Melbourne, Australia which is where Olivia grew up. This medical facility will feature breakthrough treatments and therapies for this type of cancer, in addition to cancer treatment, education, research and training.
One of her fund-raising projects for the ONJCC was trekking the length of the Great Wall of China in 2008. “The Great Walk of China” as she called it featured other celebrities, Olympic athletes and cancer survivors. October 2010 will see the release of her biographical comic book. She said it was difficult for her to talk about her own breast cancer in the beginning back in the ’90s. We know she’s come an extraordinary long way since then. It’s not even an uncomfortable subject anymore.
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