Olivia Newton-John paid tribute to her late cancer nurse and hailed her as an “energetic and powerful woman”.
The 72-year-old actress mourns Emma Cohen – a nurse at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center – after she sadly passed away earlier this month, and revealed the impact she had during her battle with the disease.
She wrote on Instagram: “My heart is still in shock and so sad about the sudden loss of the very special Emma Cohen.
“Emma looked after me at a very vulnerable time in my life when I was a patient in her department at @onjcancercentre in 2018.
“She made sure my stay was safe and comfortable, always had practical advice for me, showed strong leadership skills and had a great sense of humor.
“She was a bright, energetic, and powerful woman with a bright future ahead of her, and we have agreed on our mission to help patients on their cancer journey.”
Olivia was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in 2017 – her third battle with the disease.
The “fat” star – who did not reveal a cause of death – admitted she “will miss seeing” [Emma’s] beautiful face “in the middle.
She continued, “Emma had such a generous mind and warm and loving heart – I will miss seeing her beautiful face in the center and sending my love and deepest condolences to her friends and family.”
The Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, of which Emma was a board member, announced that she died on April 9th after a “brief illness”.
They wrote on Facebook, “Emma was a vibrant and passionate leader and a bitter and intelligent advocate for the cancer care workforce and their patients. Her loss has left a great void in our communities and in our hearts.”
Meanwhile, Olivia recently shared her battle with cancer and revealed how “having a positive attitude” has helped her get through every day.
She said, “I’m really fine.
“I think it’s just about keeping a positive attitude and believing that I’ll be fine. And talk to my body and do everything possible to support me emotionally and mentally. “