Olivia Newton-John has revealed that her sister has Brain Cancer. The English star known for the popular musical Grease who, herself has fought an beat against breast cancer in the nineties now speaks out about the painful news about her older sister Rona Newton-John and how she now has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
“As a cancer ‘thriver’ myself, as many people are, I am very aware of the importance of love, support and family during this journey she is about to begin,” the singer-actress, 64, tells Entertainment Tonight. “I want to thank everyone in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time.”
The star was supposed to be on scheduled to appear at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel but had no choice to postpone her engagement to be with her family in Los Angeles. Just a short time after her own health problems, the singer explained to PEOPLE that as she weathered a modified radical mastectomy and a simultaneous saline implant with confidence, the prospect of chemotherapy terrified her.
“My fear was that I would die,” she said.
The way she learned to cope was with laughter during her long year of chemotherapy at three-week intervals.
“She had a sense of humor even when they were putting the needle in her veins,” Rona, now 69, told PEOPLE back then. “I was amazed at the inner strength Livvy had.”