I decided to start this thread to give posters a chance to send a message to Corina, who will be playing her first WTA tournament next week at the Acura Classic. I will print the pages out and give them to her, hopefully at the beginning of the week so it will encourage her :) She is such an inspiration, let her know how glad you are to have her back and how much she was missed.
I was so devastated when I heard of your illness. It really put life into perspective for me, as I'm sure it did for a lot of people. I sent you a card to encourage you while in the hospital and imagine my surprise to get a card back from YOU! What an incredible gesture in the midst of your illness. I am soooo happy first that you are healthy, but also that you are back on the tour. Good luck in your return to the tour, but mostly I pray for continued good health and a complete recovery.
Jul 22nd, 2002, 04:51 AM
Wow this is a good idea Tratree. Thanx for doing this.
It's really great to have you back on the tour. You are such an inspiration and I admire you so much! You are truly a blessing and I wish you the best of luck in the future!
Jul 22nd, 2002, 04:52 AM
oh sorry, forgot to sign the message
the message is from Jodi
Jul 22nd, 2002, 04:56 AM
You are, and have been, one of my all-time favourite tennis players. But even more than that, I've admired your strength and determination to fight your demons and return stronger than ever before. Your story has been an inspiration to me and I wish you all the best in your return to the tour.
Can't wait to see your backhand on the court, by the way ;)
A true fan... MiKe C.
Jul 22nd, 2002, 08:02 AM
I can't believe what you've done. I can't believe the enormous strenght you've shown troughout your illness. Never giving up! You're truly the comeback of the year! You've shown to us that if there is a chance you must give it a go and I will always remember your strenght to carry on. You're truly an example for real professional tennis. I admire you and hope you'll have fun on the courts again with Lindsay!
With love, Kristof
(btw great idea!)
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:15 AM
I'm so happy you come back to tour!! You know, I was so upset with the illness you had. Here in Belgium there's an association that collect money for the research about leukemia. It's called "Televie" (TVlife in english!!). All the Belgians are involved in it!!! I'm so happy that you'll play again!!! I miss you!!!! Now, let win some more Grand Slam with Lindsay and win some more titles (why not a Grand Slam in singles, to stop the williams' domination LOL). But, for me, the biggest win of your career will be your win over the illness!! That's the most important one!!!
Come back stronger than you were!!!
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:19 AM
Welcome back, Corina! Your triumph is an inspiration to us all.
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:39 AM
You have fought back so well and I and your many other fans admire you very much.Good luck in the future and always remember to have fun. 'Life is precious, have fun while you can.'
Jul 22nd, 2002, 03:01 PM
Jul 22nd, 2002, 06:52 PM
Your return to tennis after battling leukemia is a victory being celebrated worldwide!
Congratulations and Welcome back!
Wishing you all the best,
Jul 22nd, 2002, 06:58 PM
may you have as much succes as your compatriot Lance Armstrong :)
Jul 22nd, 2002, 07:34 PM
Welcome back, Corina. Hope to see you soon
Jul 22nd, 2002, 08:21 PM
welcome back Corina :)
I've missed you quite alot since you've been of the tour, so its great to see you back :)
its great :)
Jul 22nd, 2002, 08:23 PM
Welcome back Corina :) :)
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jul 22nd, 2002, 08:45 PM
You are truly an inspiration to us all. Keep on fighting the good fight - on and off the court.
We love you!
Joshua from S. Carolina
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:54 PM
Many a player has had to overcome a huge deficit on the court. 2 match points, 3, 4, 5, and more. Wimps! Your comeback makes theirs pale by comparison. The next time a player whines about the playing conditions, or moans about how tough it is on tour, I hope someone shows them your picture. Then perhaps they'll appreciate how blessed they truly are.
Your return is a huge plus for a sport that doesn't always get its positives highlighted. I also look forward to seeing that wonderful slice backhand knifing through the court again. Welcome back!
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:57 PM
Hey Corina, it is great to see you back on the tour! welcome back!
Jul 23rd, 2002, 09:47 AM
Corina, it's a wonderful news to hear you're coming back again :)
Just enjoy your comeback, and whatever the results, we'll always support you.
Jul 23rd, 2002, 01:56 PM
Welcome back Corina - have fun!
Tennis might just be a game but it's a great game and all the better now you are back in it!!!
Jul 23rd, 2002, 03:16 PM
I guess the hard bit's been achieved and here comes the easy part! Have all the fun you can, welcome back! We've missed you.
Jul 24th, 2002, 12:30 AM
It's good to see Corina back. Needless to say - she is a fighter and a trooper. She managed to hold on - even when it looked as if perhaps - she wouldn't make it.
The below article is a testament to her strength and sums up how strong she really is. Surely - her cup must runneth over w/much faith, hope, belief and love.
She’s Got Game
Tennis Player Back on Court After Leukemia
July 23 — Bald, frail, and terribly sick from debilitating chemotherapy, Corina Morariu stayed in a hospital bed for much of the summer of 2001.
Her friends couldn't touch her for risk of infection, and at times she was too weak to walk.
Just six months earlier, she had been a vibrant athlete, a champion tennis player, winning the mixed doubles at the Australian Open. In 1999, she won the Wimbledon doubles title with Lindsay Davenport.
But then she was diagnosed with leukemia. Morariu heard the devastating news of her illness from her own father, a neurologist.
Close to Dying
"It was a major hurdle that I had to overcome to go to her and tell her what the diagnosis is," her father, Dr. Albin Morariu said.
He had conferred with her doctors and then told Corina that she had a rare form of leukemia.
"My husband was sitting next to me, and my father came in and told me that they had made the diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia," Corina Morariu, 24, said.
Her brother, Dr. Mircea Morariu, recalled the horrible condition his sister had been in after the diagnosis.
"When she was admitted ... she was as close to basically dying as you can get," he said.
The tennis champion started chemotherapy two days later. She had to deal with extreme weakness, complications with her breathing and fevers as she waited for her blood count to return to normal.
Because of great strides made in the 1990s for this type of leukemia, Morariu's prognosis was described as hopeful. Based on her age, physical condition and her response to chemotherapy, doctors described her odds of beating the disease as upwards of 80 percent.
‘A Fighter, a Competitor’
"I knew she was very tough," Corina's brother said. "She was a fighter, a competitor. And it just all came out."
Corina Morariu said her first thought was her life, not her career.
"As far as playing tennis again, that was … the furthest thought from my mind," she said.
But tennis never forgot Corina Morariu
Corina Morariu kept her spirits high by watching her friends during the 2001 French Open. She got a surprise lift from fellow tennis player Jennifer Capriati, who had won the singles — and later the championship.
When Capriati went up to accept her trophy, she held up a pink poster that said "Get Well Soon Corina," in big, bold letters for all to see.
"That sign was on behalf of everybody there," Morariu said. "I was just totally shocked and totally floored by it."
A New Challenge
Capriati recognized her tennis colleague again in a speech after she won the French open championship, dedicating her victory to her friend.
"I just started tearing up and just knowing that I was going, I wanted to get through this and I wanted to see them all again just as badly as they wanted to see me," Corina Morariu said.
She completed chemotherapy, and her cancer is now in remission. Her new challenge is to play tennis competitively again.
"Stepping out on the court and being able to play again," Morariu said. "I think that's going to be a way better feeling than winning Wimbledon or winning the mixed in Australia."
Morariu makes her comeback to the WTA tour in the Acura Classic, which can be seen on ABC, Sunday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m.
Jul 24th, 2002, 12:36 AM
Welcome back and good luck !
Jul 24th, 2002, 12:43 AM
It is great to see you well and back on the tennis court!!!! You
are an inspiration to all of your fans!!!
Jul 29th, 2002, 07:42 AM
Last chance....I'm printing the thread tomorrow morning! I saw Corina practicing at the Acura today and she looks absolutely wonderful and healthy :) Her first match with Kim Po is tomorrow.
Jul 29th, 2002, 07:53 AM
Hi Corina, welcome back to the tour. I bet it was tough to face that kind of illness, thank God you got through that! i saw you practicing today (Jul 28th) you look great, hope you and Kim could do good here! Hopefully you play well and decided to play singles aswell!
Again, welcome back Corina, we missed you!
Rinto, San Diego
Jul 29th, 2002, 10:38 AM
Good luck !!
Jul 29th, 2002, 04:20 PM
Great to have you back on the tour again Corina!
You were sorely missed.
Jul 29th, 2002, 04:33 PM
We're rooting for you, Corina, and were rooting for you before. We know everywhere you go and everything you do. (But don't let that make you nervous.;) )
Enjoy yourself. Good luck.
Jul 30th, 2002, 11:30 AM
Best wishes for the future, Corina. Never forget the support that players & fans alike have shown you. Most people never get to find out how much they're appreciated.
Jul 30th, 2002, 12:06 PM
Welcome back Corina :) You truly are an inspiration and I wish you all the best on your return to the tour :)