The former pitcher made the announcement and issued a statement through ESPN.
“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in the statement. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer. Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers.”
Shonda is Curt’s longtime wife, and she went through cancer several years ago — she was diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma in 2001.
Schilling has had a few health issues over the past few years. Last year he told The Boston Globe that he had a heart attack in Nov. 2011.
We feel badly for him and wish him the best. We also have to wonder how much stress over the failure of his video game company and the fallout from that has played a role in his health problems. A lot of times those things are connected, which is what his wife said when he had the heart attack.