Martina Navratilova had been diagnosed with stage one throat and breast cancer after having a swollen lymph node in her neck, which turned out to be cancerous. At the time, a mass was also found in her breast.
She told Piers,
“I was in a total panic for three days thinking I may not see next Christmas. The bucket list came into my mind of all the things I wanted to do. And this may sound really shallow, but I was like, okay, ‘Which kick ass car do I really want to drive if I live like a year?’”
Recalling her fear of death, she said, “This was the first week in December, I will see this Christmas but may[I’m thinking] be not the next one.”
Doctors told Martina the cancer was “extremely treatable” and offered a “95 per cent” chance of a full recovery.
During season five of the Real Housewives of Miami, Martina’s wife, Julia Lemigova, had opened up about her plans to adopt a child with Martina. While Martina wasn’t on board initially, she came around to the idea later on.
On an episode, Julia Lemigova admitted, “I’ve been wanting to adopt a child since such a long time, but Martina thought that maybe we should both move on and do different things in life.”
Martina touched on the adoption saying, “I think adoption was a nice thought for a while, but I think this has brought it into sharp focus — you know, I’m not really the youngest anymore and I don’t want to be the grandmother on the playground.”
Confirming they were no longer moving forward with adopting, Martina added, “Forget that part, there’s just not enough space I think for this to happen. We were thinking about adopting but that’s definitely put on hold, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Martina’s interview with Piers Morgan is set to air today.
Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with stage one throat and breast cancer.
Yes, as far as she knows, Martina Navratilova is cancer-free.
Yes, they had plans to adopt a child, but due to Martina’s health condition and other factors, they have decided to put the adoption on hold and it is unlikely to happen.