At age 70, actress Olivia Newton-John is in her third battle against breast cancer, now at stage IV (the cancer has since metastasized to her sacrum — and is incurable). Newton-John was first diagnosed in 1992. At the time, she underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction, and embraced alternative therapies like herbs and meditation. She went on to found the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia, where cancer research and treatment are coupled with wellness programs.
In 2013, the cancer returned and again four years later. Newton-John credits alternative therapies, positive thinking — and cannabis — for her ability to persevere. John Easterling, founder of the Amazon Herb Company and Newton-John’s husband since 2009, grows cannabis on their Santa Barbara, California, ranch and makes tinctures to help Newton-John’s cancer symptoms, including pain, trouble sleeping and anxiety.