For fans of former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling, he has some fantastic news for you.
As of yesterday I am in remission. Start the 5 year clock!
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) June 25, 2014
This past February, Schilling revealed the diagnosis. He made no discernment as to which type of cancer or what the exact prognosis was. This past April, an image of Schilling undergoing his final chemotherapy treatment did appear on his Twitter timeline. According to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, Schilling has also endured a pair of surgeries in addition to the chemo and radiation treatments.
Not too long after that image surfaced, Schilling made his first public appearance. He was among some former Red Sox players attending a celebration of the 2004 World Series-winning team.
Overcoming health issues isn’t anything new for Schilling. Last year, he informed The Boston Globe he had suffered a heart attack in November 2011. Surgery was performed in order to place a stent in one of his arteries. Schilling added that he experienced chest pains while watching his wife, Shonda, take part in the New York City Marathon.
Shonda has had her own battle with cancer. In 2001, she was diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma.
Schilling had served as a baseball analyst for ESPN since the end of his playing days. Once the diagnosis was announced, he took a leave. It is unclear if/when Schilling will return to the ESPN team. At this point, I don’t think that’s important.
More known for the infamous bloody sock, Schilling is also a staunch advocate for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease which took my great-uncle), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig‘s Disease. Thus, the reason for his Twitter handle of @gehrig38.