Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling took to Twitter on Wednesday to report the good news that his cancer is in remission.
As of yesterday I am in remission. Start the 5 year clock!
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) June 25, 2014
Schilling has never discussed the type of cancer or his prognosis, but has posted pictures of himself undergoing treatments.
His wife Tweeted this photo after his final chemotherapy treatment in April.
Last month, in his first public appearance since his cancer treatments, Schilling was at Fenway Park for the reunion of the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who had won the first championship in 86 years.. The crowd gave him an ovation as he entered the field.
Schilling spent the final four years of his Major League career in Boston, helping the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and ’07.
Curt Schilling is best known for his years pitching ball for the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox.
The pitcher retired from Major League Baseball in 2009, after spending the entire 2008 season on the disabled list after having surgery on his right shoulder. The six-time All-Star finished with a career record of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th all time. With the Diamondbacks in 2001, he earned co-World Series MVP honors alongside pitcher Randy Johnson.
The famed athlete has seen a rough road in the years since his baseball career ended. The Associated Press reports that after retiring, Schilling started an ill-fated video game company, 38 Studios. He later said he had invested and lost as much as $50 million. Its collapse into bankruptcy in 2011 is the subject of a lawsuit in Rhode Island.
Due to the financial stresses of 38 Studios’ failure, Schilling was forced to sell a lot of his possessions in an estate sale last October.
In March of this year, the family’s Boston mansion was on the market at a drastically reduced price.
Last year, Schilling went public with the news that he had a heart attack in November 2011 and had surgery to place a stent in one of his arteries.
Curt’s wife, Shonda Schilling, also battled cancer after being diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma in 2001.
Most recently, Curt Shilling had been working for ESPN as an on air Major League Baseball analyst. He took a leave of absence from the network after announcing his diagnosis in February.
photo via BostonHerald.com