John has opened up about her devastating cancer diagnosis and said it left her unable to walk.
The ‘Grease’ legend is fighting breast cancer for a second time, and has revealed the “back pain”, which was later diagnosed to be breast cancer that had spread to her lower spine, made it difficult for her to move.
The Australian actress says cancer has left her partly immobilized, but shares how she is determined to fight through and recover.
She said: “I need to get through this. I have lots to do, but of course, it’s scary. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t scary. It was, but I felt very sure that I would get through.
“The pain level was really the hardest thing. I was trying to do shows and it was pretty agonising … I can walk, but I can’t go long distances. But I’ll get there, because I couldn’t walk at all a month or so ago. As I heal I’ll be able to walk more.”
However, the 68-year-old star – who has used medical cannabis to relief the pain – is feeling positive about the future and insists she has “no complaints” despite being diagnosed with the disease twice.
She added to Australia’s 60 Minutes: “It’s probably something I’ll deal with the rest of my life. But I will and I’ll be fine and there have been a lot of women, who have had reoccurrences, and continue on with their lives to be old ladies. That’s my vision.
Olivia previously revealed the healing ‘abilities’ of cannabis has helped her cope with the pain.
She said: “I use medicinal cannabis, which is really important for pain and healing … It’s a plant that has been maligned for so long, and has so many abilities to heal. It’s an important part of treatment, and it should be available. I use it for the pain and it’s also a medicinal thing to do – the research shows it’s really helpful.”