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Martina Navratilova Live Online Chat About Breast Cancer

Read a transcript of the chat with Martina Navratilova and Dr. Julie Silver about Martina's breast cancer diagnosis

Navratilova: I have always been a very positive person. Even to the point of being ridiculous and being accused of living in la, la land. That kind of attitude is very helpful in this. So that is just who I am but again when people ask me I think it helps to know that there are always people worse off than you are so feeling sorry for oneself is just not helpful.

Comment from Zach S.: Martina, have there been any changes in your routine or lifestyle since your diagnosis?

Navratilova: Well, I couldn't play tennis but now I am back to normal. With the radiation, we will see, but I don't expect any major adjustments to my normal life.

Comment from Jackson: What is the single most important piece of advice you've received about dealing with cancer? What can women do to be most supportive of their female partners?

Dr. Silver: Jackson, the source of the pain is important. Many cancer survivors have musculoskeletal pain that is not addressed. Oncology rehabilitation is critical, but too often cancer survivors never hear about it. Ask your doctor whether you would benefit from rehabilitation measures.

Comment from Anne: Welcome to the sorority that no one wants to be a member of!! Your unfortunate experience will help keep the spotlight on prevention and cure.

Navratilova: Thank you sister Anne. That is exactly why I went public with my condition.

Comment from Lucy: You are a true hero and role model.

Navratilova: Again, thank you for your support. I learned a little here myself today. I hope Dr. Silver and I were able to help you a little bit.

Comment from Shirl: I had my last chemo nine months ago and I still am suffering from neuropathy. How long does it take for this to subside?

Dr. Silver: There are so many after effects of cancer treatment that can be helped with appropriate treatment. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Ask for an oncology rehabilitation consult. Neuropathy may not completely resolve but can take up to 1-2 years.

Comment from Lorna: Remember, Martina, you can do this! Having survived the same diagnosis as you almost three years ago at age 67, I can honestly say radiation wasn't as bad as I thought. I'm doing quite well on Tamoxifen. Stay positive, exercise, associate with positive people and enjoy life!

Navratilova: Thank you Lorna. Good to hear you are doing so well. I have been doing that last part already for the last 30 years or so--so I will just keep going. Thanks for the tip.

Dr. Silver: I have heard many cancer survivors say just what Lorna wrote. It wasn't as bad as I thought. But, cancer is still a tough diagnosis. Best wishes to Martina and all of you!!

Navratilova: Wow, I can’t believe the hour has gone by already! Thanks so much for being a part of our Web chat today. I wish I could have responded to all of your comments, but if we didn’t get to do so, please know I really appreciate your support and participation.

I hope each of you has learned something new today that can inspire you to stay healthy and active . . . and to get your annual screenings. I know I learned many new things today.

Dr. Silver, thank you for your expertise and for chatting with us today. Thanks, everyone!

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