Today, the 5th of January 2017, is Jane McGrath Day, and the Sydney Cricket Ground has turned pink for the annual #PinkTest. The foundation is aiming to raise $390,000 for breast cancer support. To donate, click here.
If there’s one thing that’s certain about breast cancer, it doesn’t discriminate.
In Australia alone, 16,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease this year. While dealing with it can be a hugely difficult and traumatic time, many women have chosen to be open about their experience to educate and offer support to others going through the same thing.
Here, seven celebrities get candid on their experience with breast cancer.
1. Olivia Newton-John
The Grease actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 – the same weekend her father died of cancer.
“I learned very quickly how important it was for me to think positively. When the second friend I called with the news burst into tears, I thought – this is too stressful. I had to find someone else to handle the day-to-day discussions of my health so I could concentrate on healing,” she recalled for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.
The 68 year old underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction as well as “formulas, meditation and focused on a vision of complete wellness”.
Having been clear for decades, Newton-John does plenty to help those suffering cancer but doesn’t look back on her own journey.
“I really don’t believe in dwelling on anything negative. I remember the cancer enough to be aware to eat properly and exercise but the only thing I dwell on is being well. I like that: I dwell on being well,” she told the Herald Sun.