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How Olivia Newton-John battled breast cancer for 30 years



After a 30-year battle with breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John died at age 73 on Monday.

The “Grease” actress and singer publicly battled breast cancer since 1992, enduring a partial mastectomy, nine months of chemotherapy and breast reconstruction.

Newton-John — who became an advocate for breast cancer detection — was diagnosed again in 2013 but privately battled it, only revealing in 2018 that it had come back in 2017.

The Australian actress announced she had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that had metastasized to the base of her spine.

The “Physical” singer opened up over the years about how she dealt with the treatments and managed her pain, including openly talking about using cannabis oil after being introduced to it by her husband, John Easterling.

Olivia Newton-John signs a pink fire engine during a breast cancer research event in Las Vegas in 2016.
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She was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013.
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The singer credits a positive attitude and cannabis to helping her battle cancer.
The singer credited a positive attitude and cannabis to helping her battle cancer.
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“I really believe the cannabis has made a huge difference,” she told “60 Minutes Australia” in 2019. “If I don’t take the drops, I can feel the pain, so I know it’s working.”

“People have this vision from the ’60s of people just sitting around and getting stoned,” she told “Today” in 2017. “It’s not about that. This plant is a healing plant. I think we need to change the vision of what it is because it helped me greatly and it helps with pain and inflammation.”

Newton-John said she started using cannabis after she fractured her sacrum in September 2018, resulting in her learning to walk again and being in excruciating pain. She first treated it with morphine, but weaned herself off by using cannabis, upping it slowly until she was 100% off the opioid.

“I’m totally off painkillers, I’m totally off morphine, and I attribute that to the cannabis because it was able to take over with the pain,” she told UK-based You Magazine in March 2021.

She became an advocate for early detection of breast cancer.
She became an advocate for the early detection of breast cancer.

Newton-John used her illness to help others, even opening her own public hospital — the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia — in 2012. She raised money for the center by auctioning memorabilia from “Grease” — including the famous leather outfit she wore in the film, an item that sold for $405,000.

Newton-John and her husband founded the Newton-John Foundation in 2020 to fund research into the ways cannabis and other botanicals could help people.

The ’70s pop icon credits beating cancer for the first time through not only chemotherapy but also working on her overall holistic approach to wellness — which her treatment center offers — as well as positive thinking.

After her cancer came back a third time, the actress said she told doctors she didn’t want to know how much time she had to live.

“When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary honest diagnosis, you’re suddenly given a possibility of a time limit,” she explained to “60 Minutes Australia.” “If somebody tells you, ‘You have six months to live,’ very possibly you will because you believe that. So for me, psychologically, it’s better not to have any idea of what they expect or what the last person that has what you have lived, so I don’t, I don’t tune in.”

She and her husband founded the Newton-John Foundation to fund research into the ways cannabis and other botanicals can help people.
She and her husband founded the Newton-John Foundation to fund research into the ways cannabis and other botanicals could help people.
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The “Grease” legend died at her ranch in Southern California Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends following a long battle with cancer.

Newton-John’s death was announced on her official Facebook page in a statement on Monday.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” it read. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”

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Shannon Abloh Is Ready to Talk



“It’s going to happen the way he wanted it to happen, or it’s not going to happen at all,” said Anne Pasternak, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, who planned Mr. Abloh’s exhibition with him and then worked with Ms. Abloh after his death. But, Mr. Burke said, she’s “not Yoko Ono.” Ms. Haley just calls her very “loyal.”

Ms. Abloh has mostly stepped away from Off-White, which is being led by Ibrahim Kamara. Though Mr. Abloh was perhaps most famous because of his work in fashion, he didn’t really think of himself as a designer. (He famously called himself a “maker.”) Design was just a means to an end, which had to do with visibility and representation — the idea that nothing was off limits to a creative mind, no matter where that mind came from, not commercial icons like Coke or Ikea or artists like Takashi Murakami or even the Chicago skyline. That was the crux of his art, and that is what Ms. Abloh sees as the essence of the Virgil Abloh Foundation.

“He didn’t want to be the only Black man in the room sitting at the table,” she said. He wanted not just to model a future for “kids that didn’t know they could be an architect, or the designer of Vuitton instead of a basketball player or a football player,” she said, but also to help make that happen. So while he may have been the first, he won’t ever be the last. “That’s what the foundation will focus on: 12- to 17-year-olds, to give them the portfolios they need. I know what he would want, and I feel just as strongly as he did about it — even though I’m a white female.”

She talks regularly to a therapist who was also Mr. Abloh’s therapist and who, she said, “knows how he thought,” and she is building a house. The house her family lives in now “has beautiful memories,” she said, “but it has a lot of sad memories, too.”

In the Mercer, Ms. Abloh was changing into a black Off-White dress for the CFDA gala. Later she would be hugged by Kim Kardashian, who was also getting an award, and the designer Jerry Lorenzo, who had worked with Mr. Abloh when they were starting out with Mr. West. She would get on a plane the next morning at 9 so she would be home when her children got back from school. She was looking forward to Miami.

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Chelsea Handler, Gwyneth Paltrow and More Stars Bare It All on Social Media



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Lindsey Stirling is on a Christmas tour. Tickets are still available.



You may think you’ve seen every kind of Christmas show there is.

Well, unless you’ve been to a Lindsey Stirling concert, you’d be wrong.

Stirling takes your standard Christmas show and turns it on its head with her energetic violin arrangements, lively dance numbers and stunning costume changes.

Now, midway through her sprawling “Snow Waltz Tour,” Stirling will be bringing her unique yet familiar production to venues all over North America.

That includes performances at Albany’s Palace Theatre on Dec. 6 and Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Dec. 7.

So, if you want to catch the former “America’s Got Talent” and “Dancing With the Stars” alum spreading Christmas cheer live, here’s everything you need to know.

Lindsey Stirling 2022 tour schedule

All the way up until Dec. 31, Stirling will hit venues all the way from the East to West coast.

Just a few notable stops on the run include gigs in Orlando (Nov. 30), Hershey (Dec. 5), Milwaukee (Dec. 13), Salt Lake City (Dec. 16) and Los Angeles (Dec. 23).

The run concludes at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Dec. 31.

A complete calendar featuring all upcoming tour dates, venues, show start times and links to buy tickets can be found here.

Lindsey Stirling new album

To accompany the tour, Stirling just dropped her 2022 Christmas-themed album “The Snow Waltz”— which also happens to be the the name of the tour.

Featuring 14 tracks made up of reimagined classics and originals, the album has been received warmly by critics.

“Stirling imbues her holiday soundtrack with a sense of realism, a spirit of adventure, and a child-like whimsy that still rings within the best of us,” said

If you’d like to hear the record in whole, you can here.

Other can’t miss Christmas concerts

It’s a good year for fans of Yuletide cheer.

Along with Stirling, a number of huge artists are taking their joyful Christmas hits to venues small and large.

Here are just five of our favorite must-see Christmas concerts you need to add to your December calendar before the season passes us by.

• Trans-Siberian Orchestra

• Mariah Carey

• Pentatonix

• Andrea Bocelli

• Postmodern Jukebox

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