By the way, if you or anyone you know has been touched by cancer and would like to help Olivia’s world-renowned center in Australia, this week the organization is holding its annual Cancer Walk & Research Run fundraiser next Sunday.
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus shared the news today that she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Via Twitter she shared a note that read, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one. The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
The actress received the diagnosis a day after winning the Emmy Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy” on September 17.
According to HBO, the diagnosis had no bearing in the decision to renew Veep for its final season. HBO will adjust the show’s production schedule as needed.
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” the network said in a statement to THR. “We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep.”
The award-winning comedy series will come to an end in 2018 with its seventh season. “We don’t want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series,” the actress previously told THR. “I struggled with it. And then it just hit me. It’s hard to say goodbye to such a good thing.”
Hubby Michael with Olivia and her husband John at her wedding reception in 2008
As regular readers may know, I’ve known Olivia Newton-John for almost 20 years as a personal friend. So very dear, and exactly as warm as you would imagine.
Olivia shared today she is postponing concerts this month to cope with a health issue.
Via press release:
Olivia Newton-John is reluctantly postponing her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates. The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum.
In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.
“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” says Olivia Newton-John.
There will be no interview requests accepted at this time as Olivia’s focus is on her treatment and healing. Ticket buyers for the upcoming concerts should contact venues directly about refunds. Rescheduled concert dates will be posted at OliviaNewton-John.com in the coming weeks.
Many will recall that Olivia was one of the first major celebrities to go public with her breast cancer journey in 1992. It was that journey that inspired her to help raise over $200 million to build the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
She has also been a staunch LGBT ally for decades. She was one of the very first Aussie celebrities to come out strongly in favor of marriage equality in 2012. She’s also performed at packed Pride festivals in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Sidney.
Olivia has been touring to promote her inspirational album LIV ON, a personal collection of songs about overcoming challenges and grief inspired by the loss of her sister Rona to brain cancer in 2013.
During my cancer journey in 2009, Olivia was in touch with me constantly checking on my progress and always offer her positive outlook.
She hates the words “cancer survivor” as she has viewed herself as a “cancer thriver” since she overcame breast cancer in the early 1990s. In fact, at the time she wrote a song she now calls her anthem, “Not Gonna Give In To It.”
I’m certain she’ll be back on stage sharing her music again very soon.
A breast cancer awareness campaign featuring the late Chrissy Amphlett’s “I Touch Myself” performed by an all-star Aussie cast has won a major U.S award.
The #itouchmyselfproject, commissioned by Cancer Council NSW and created by Soap Creative, has taken out the Gold Award for Public Service campaign at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) 10th annual MIXX Awards in New York.
The campaign launched in April with a reworking of the iconic song by 10 of Australia’s best-known female artists, including breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John, ARIA female artist of the year winners Sarah Blasko and Megan Washington, Baby Animals singer Suze DeMarchi, and ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Little Pattie, who is Amphlett’s cousin.
“I Touch Myself” was originally a hit in the early ’90s for alternative rock outfit the Divinyls, whose impressive lead singer Amphlett died from breast cancer at the age of 53 in April 2013. A mammogram and ultrasound failed to initially detect the disease. It was only when she self-examined that she returned to the doctor to insist on a biopsy, which in 2010 revealed the cancer.
‘I Touch Myself’ was the Divinyls’ biggest hit and touched millions of fans around the globe. Released in December 1990, the single was No. 1 on the charts at home and reached the Top 5 in the US.
It is a song that celebrates female sexuality like no other. Like Chrissy, it is bold, brave, and brassy. It rocked our world. And when Chrissy developed breast cancer, it was a song she wanted to become an anthem for spreading awareness about the importance of touching ourselves for early detection of the disease.
As a tribute, Chrissy’s family and friends, her husband Charley Drayton, fellow songwriters, Cancer Council NSW and supporters from around the globe have come together to make sure Chrissy’s legacy lives on to remind women to be in touch with their bodies, and if something’s not right, see their doctor.
Ten of Australia’s leading music artists: Connie Mitchell; Deborah Conway; Kate Cerebrano; Katie Noonan; Little Pattie; Megan Washington; Olivia Newton-John; Sarah Blasko; Sarah McLeod; and Suze DeMarchi have come together to make Chrissy’s final wish a reality.
You can help keep Chrissy’s dream alive by spreading her message. Visit http://itouchmyself.org and help support the #itouchmyselfproject
Country star Kellie Pickler showed up on Good Morning America with a new look having shaved her head in solidarity with her best friend, Summer Holt Miller, who is battling cancer.
After a tumor was found in June, the mother of two underwent a double mastectomy to remove the tumor. But she is also beginning chemotherapy to make sure the cancer is completely gone.
“Cancer does not discriminate,” Pickler said in a release.
Added Miller, “If this compels even one person to change their
mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then
it will be worth it.”
For Breast Cancer Awareness month, I give you the “Your Man Reminder” video. And thanks to my friend Joel Benjamin for the tep.
The video is very fun and points to an app women can download to remind them to do breast self-exams monthly. This app is a regular reminder and a little bit of encouragement from a hot guy of your choice to check your breasts.
Another thing I like about this video is it is very light-hearted and fun. Which is a good approach to get women to do self-exams without getting too “technical” or “scary” about cancer.
While a breast self-exam can never take the place of a proper medical exam, by doing self-breast exams on a regular basis women basically build a mental “data base” of what is ‘normal’ for them. That way, should they find something unusual or irregular, they can make an appointment with their doctor for further exam. The main point being – early detection is KEY.
Olivia Newton-John, a breast cancer ‘thriver’ and advocate actually helped develop a simple device called ‘The Liv’ to help facilitate self-exams. The LIV is a self-examination aid that is designed to help women examine their breast tissue. It molds to the skin and provides a smooth surface for the fingers to easily glide over the breast tissue. I highly recommend checking out the link to The Liv. Great, simple idea.