In an emotional interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Martina Navratilova revealed that she is now "cancer-free."
The news comes after Navratilova faced a double diagnosis of stage one throat and breast cancer in January, which left her fearing for her life. At 66 years old, Navratilova has shown incredible resilience and strength, proving that she is a fighter both on and off the court.
Navratilova's battle with cancer began when she received the devastating news earlier this year. The gravity of the situation made her reflect on her life, and she admitted that even the bucket list items like choosing the perfect car came to mind during those difficult moments.
"As far as they know I’m cancer-free. I was in a total panic for three days thinking I may not see next Christmas. The bucket list came into my mind of all the things I wanted to do. And this may sound really shallow, but I was like, okay, ‘Which kick-a** car do I really want to drive if I live like a year?’"
To overcome this life-threatening challenge, Navratilova underwent a rigorous treatment plan. It included daily radiation treatments for three weeks, combined with three weekly bouts of chemotherapy. Describing her experience, the tennis legend said:
"That was the hard part because the first week was both chemo and radiation at the same time. When you start feeling lousy you’re not sure if it’s from the chemo or the proton. I didn’t really feel the proton until week three but then you get a sore mouth and your throat starts closing. Everything’s swollen and very uncomfortable, and the proton makes your saliva weird."
"You don’t really taste things the right way. Chemo does the same thing to your throat but then it makes it dry. So, you’re just hit from all ends and I don’t think the doctors do a very good job of telling you how the s**t is going to hit the fan."
The news of Navratilova's victory over cancer has been met with an outpouring of support and admiration from the sports world and her fans. Her courage and determination to fight back against the illness serve as a powerful reminder that challenges can be overcome with strength, perseverance, and a positive attitude.