Curt Schilling’s cancer diagnosis last month was a shock to his family and the sports community. His baseball analyst and announcing career has been temporarily put on hold as he seeks radiation treatment for cancer. Curt Schilling announced on Monday that he will need to undergo more surgery as he faces radiation.
Schilling made an official statement about the cancer the first week of February. “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.”
At the time, the family would not reveal what type of cancer Curt was facing. Through his Facebook page on Monday, Schilling said the news was troubling, but that he would not be giving up. “Not gonna break me though, way too much faith in Him and love from friends and family.” His family has had a difficult time since his retirement from baseball in 2009.
The Schilling family has faced financial troubles, Shonda is a cancer survivor, and Curt suffered a heart attack in 2011. Cancer is not something that will cause them to feel defeated, although radiation treatment and surgery can be difficult for anyone to endure. The former Red Sox pitcher built a reputation for himself as a workhouse and he hopes to face his cancer with the same level of tenacity.
Curt Schilling and his family have kept his battle with cancer very quiet over the last month. ESPN has been very supportive of him during this difficult time. “His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight, and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready.” As he continues to fight cancer, his role with the network will be more defined.
When Curt Schilling first discovered he had cancer, he shared a quote from his father regarding how he would fight, “My father left me with a saying that I’ve carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: ‘Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.'”