Martina Navratilova has revealed she is now ‘cancer free’ after her diagnosis had left her fearing she ‘may not see next Christmas’.
The former world number one announced in January she had been diagnosed with throat and breast cancers.
The 66-year-old is due to undergo further preventative radiation treatment, but revealed in an interview with Piers Morgan on Talk TV she should then ‘be good to go’.
Navratilova said in quotes reported by the Sun: ‘As far as they know I’m cancer free.’
Navratilova, winner of 59 grand slam singles and doubles titles, revealed her diagnosis left her fearing the worst.
‘I was in a total panic for three days thinking I may not see next Christmas,’ she said in the interview set to be aired on Tuesday.
‘The bucket list came into my mind of all the things I wanted to do.’
Navratilova, who previously underwent treatment for early-stage breast cancer in 2010, went to the doctors after noticing an enlarged lymph node in her neck, with tests subsequently confirming cancer.
She added: ‘This was the first week in December, (I’m thinking) I will see this Christmas but maybe not the next one.’
However, doctors were able to tell her the cancer was ‘extremely treatable’ and she had a ’95 per cent’ chance of a full recovery, The Sun reported.
Navratilova dominated women’s tennis in the 1980s and ended her career with a record breaking 59 Gran Slam singles and doubles titles, but admitted overcoming cancer was a tougher battle than anything she ever encountered on court.
After crying for a total of ’15 minutes’ Martina says she started to ‘suck it up’ after seeing children being treated in the clinic.
She said: ‘When you see kids, that’s when you really stop feeling sorry for yourself because of what the parents are going through.
‘There were kids that were six to eight months old, newborns practically. And they have to send them to sleep to do the treatment, so they don’t move.
‘That’s when you don’t feel sorry for yourself anymore. You just have to suck it up and deal with it.’
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