"My first thought [on being diagnosed] was ’oh shit, why me.’ But two minutes later it was: ’what do I do now? How do I get out of this?’ Then you get into the solution. That’s when you start fighting. When I had to go through the treatment, failure never occurred to me. When you play tennis, you never think about the possibility of losing until the moment you have lost the match.
That was the approach I took to the cancer: I will win. After all, what else are you going to do? Let it win?”
How can you not love Martina Navritalova. Some people are quitting Twitter, some people are running marathons, some people are playing exos. I'm not belittling any of that (though I do have problems with the notion that (1) "sacrificing" social media constitutes a sacrifice of anything and (2) multimillion-dollar celebrities are asking regular folks to donate money when it's unclear the celebs are donating any money themselves). Charity is charity and it's a credit to anyone who uses their name and celebrity for a good cause.
But let's be real. Martina pwns them all.
"Hopefully it will represent a positive, finishing touch to a year that pretty much sucked."
"I'm still here. I had a birthday last month. And when people ask me, 'How are you doing?' I say, 'I have 10 toes, 10 fingers and two boobs!' "
And the heart. Don't forget the heart.
Good luck, Martina! Next stop, THE MOON.