Former Tennis Star Carla Suárez Navarro Is Cancer Free after 8-Month Battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma
Carla Suárez Navarro revealed that she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in September 2020 after withdrawing from the U.S. Open.
Carla Suárez Navarro took to Twitter to share an exciting health update with her fans. The former professional tennis player posted a photo of her sporting short hair, looking ecstatic about her news.
Suárez Navarro revealed that she is cancer-free after overcoming Hodgkin Lymphoma. She underwent eight months of treatment to battle the disease and came out on the other side without a trace of cancer.
CURED OF CANCER
Suárez Navarro couldn't hide her elation in the two photos she posted with the good cancer-free news. She struck a pose as she showed off her biceps and stood on one knee, cheering in the other photo. Navarro wrote:
"All my gratitude to healthcare professionals who take care of us every day. I'M CURED!"
The former tennis star was also sure to express her gratitude for all the support she has received through her journey to remission as she announced that she was officially finished with her treatment.
Another step forward. Today I finished my treatment and overcame Hodgkin lymphoma.— Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) April 22, 2021
Thanks to all for your warm messages. Every word of support gave me strength during the past few months. ❤️
All my gratitude to healthcare professionals who take care of us every day. I'M CURED! pic.twitter.com/kF3HwHPh0y
September 2020 was a difficult month for Navarro. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the body's lymphatic system, which resulted in her stepping away from the U.S. Open.
The Madrid Open in May is too soon for Suárez Navarro's body to get back into the shape it needs to be.
Suárez Navarro took her fans and followers on the journey toward recovery as she shared her diagnosis on Twitter with a photo of her in a hospital bed last year. The athlete tackled her treatment with positivity as she relied on her doctors' guidance.
Me toca afrontar una realidad complicada. Toca aceptarlo e intentar salir adelante confiando en el consejo médico. Siempre con positivismo ante la adversidad. 💪🏻💪🏻— Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) September 1, 2020
Patience and self-belief guided me through my career. Not the easiest rival to deal with. I’ll need my truly best. pic.twitter.com/lF9oVChWRh
ENDING HER CAREER
The 32-year-old tennis player was a force to be reckoned with on the court before announcing that the 2020 season would be her last. She reached 6th place on the world rankings in 2016 and reeled in two WTA singles titles.
She currently lies in the 68th position. Suárez Navarro announced her retirement from the sport in December during a press conference in Barcelona, saying:
"At this time, I notice that the time has come to complete a beautiful chapter and begin to enjoy other areas of life. Tennis will always be in me."
With her new lease on life following the end of her chemotherapy treatments, it seems the Spanish athlete is thinking of shelving her retirement and getting back onto the court to end her career on a high.
The Olympic Channel reported that Suárez Navarro was only waiting on the hundred percent go-ahead from her doctors before she decided to pursue qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.
- Última sesión de quimioterapia 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻— Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) January 25, 2021
- Last chemotherapy session
Suárez Navarro sees her return to the tennis court for the Olympic games as a chance to say a proper goodbye to the sport that formed her life since she was a teenager.
The Madrid Open in May is too soon for Suárez Navarro's body to get back into the shape it needs to be, but she has set her sights on the major tournament in Tokyo or otherwise Wimbledon and the US Open.