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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