Navratilova’s inspiring fight with cancer

She’s arguably the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, an icon in women’s sports. So when Martina Navratilova agreed to have CNN follow her throughout her breast cancer treatment, I wondered what it would be like covering such a strong, accomplished individual.

I quickly found Martina Navratilova wasn’t going to let a cancer diagnosis get in the way of anything she planned to do.

“My gut was telling me I just need to go on, and don’t like put everything on hold. I still played hockey and I still went skiing and I played tennis of course,” she said.

Navratilova won 59 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles during a glittering career which only ended four years ago, when she retired just months shy of her 50th birthday.

Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer February 24, a day that left her in tears, but only for a short time.

She said: “I thought for sure I would keep it private, keep it quiet, nobody needs to know. It’s a very personal issue of course, and I wanted to save my energy for fighting it.

Her treatment would have two steps — a lumpectomy in March and then radiation treatment in May-June.

My cameraman and I met Navratilova outside the L’Institut Curie in Paris, France, where she would undergo six weeks of radiation treatment. CNN

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