Martina Navritalova Winning Another Battle
Martina Navritalova is widely considered one of the elite women's tennis players of all time, right alongside Billie Jean King in the history books, and rightfully so.
She is the all-time leader in career singles titles by a woman (167), and finished her career with 18 grand slam titles, including winning Wimbeldon six consecutive times in the '80's.
Navratilova has long been a leader off the court as well as on. When she announced publicly that she was gay in the early 80's, she was so well respected that it was more of an interesting fact than an Earth-shattering revelation to most of the sporting world.
Now she has released another big piece of news, announcing today that she was diagnosed and will be treated in May for breast cancer.
There is little cause for concern, for two reasons. First, this is Martina we're talking about. Any woman who can dominate a sport like she did, and be such a powerful activist for whatever cause she supports, should have no problem fighting something like breast cancer.
Add into that the fact that Navratilova and her doctor detected it very early - the diagnosis was ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), one of the earliest stages of the cancer - and learned that it is a very non-invasive form of cancer, and she should be just fine.
The treatment is a schedule of six radiation treatments, and the prognosis is excellent - there's a 99% chance that the cancer will never even resurface, let alone become a health problem.
Navratilova has said she is struggling to deal with the situation emotionally, apparently because she's surprised that she could still get cancer despite her high level of attention to maintaining her health.
I can only imagine the boost that the breast cancer movement could recieve from such an outspoken personality joining the ranks of the survivors. Mrs. Komen would be proud.