Tennis icon Martina Navratilova has provided an update on her health and well-being as she is awaiting to start her chemotherapy sessions after undergoing two surgeries and four biopsies to remove the tumor from her body.
Earlier this month, Navratilova announced that she was diagnosed with throat and breast cancer. Because of the diagnosis, Navratilova wasn't able to travel to the Australian Open. But during her appearance on Tennis Channel, Navratilova appeared to be in very positive spirits.
"I’m ready to go. Ready to get on with the treatment. I’ve had two surgeries and four biopsies and radiation, chemo awaiting. But I’m ready to go. And I’m ready to go in other ways as well. Once I get to play again, I’ve got my squeezy thingy here.
I just found these Wimbledon resistance bands in my grocery bag – I don’t know how they got there. And I have my water bottle as usual. So, I’m ready to go. So good to be with you guys, I wish I were there. But I will be there next time," Navratilova said on Tennis Channel.
The whole tennis community is praying for Navratilova
13 years ago, Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over a decade ago, Navratilova beat the disease. Unfortunately, her breast cancer reoccurred and she was also diagnosed with throat cancer.
At least, Navratilova's cancer was caught in the early stages so the initial prognosis was very optimistic. "Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with stage one throat cancer. The prognosis is good and Martina will start her treatment this month.
The cancer type is HPV and this particular type responds really well to treatment," a statement from the January 4th read. After Navratilova announced the diagnosis, messages of support from across the tennis community started coming Navratilova's way.
In one of her Twitter posts, Navratilova took a moment to express gratitude to everyone who sent a message of support.