Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling shared some good news on Wednesday as he announced on Twitter that his cancer has gone into remission:
As of yesterday I am in remission. Start the 5 year clock!— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) June 25, 2014
Schilling revealed in February, via ESPN.com news services, that he had been diagnosed, though he didn't specify what area had been affected:
I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer...
With my incredibly talented medical team, I'm ready to try and win another big game. I've been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I'll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.
Shonda Schilling, Curt's wife, tweeted a picture of the former MLB All-Star in April after he had finished chemotherapy.
Chemo officially done. 3 radiations left!! pic.twitter.com/5TbxPzfQD6— Shonda Schilling (@ShondaSchilling) April 8, 2014
Roughly two months after that moment, Schilling is starting the second part of the journey to restore his health. Remission is a positive sign, though it doesn't mean he's out of the woods. It's defined by WebMD.com as the "state in which the cancer has partially or completely disappeared."
The five years that Schilling mentions in his tweet refer to the belief that if cancer stays in remission for five years, there is a significant-percent chance that the patient has been cured.
At the time of his diagnosis, Schilling was working for ESPN and, according to the above ESPN.com article, was set to become part of the network's Sunday Night Baseball team after agreeing to a multi-year extension.
He's been with ESPN since 2010, three years after retiring from MLB as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Schilling won three World Series titles in 20 years, finished second in Cy Young voting three times and has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.38) in MLB since 1900, per Baseball-Reference.
Schilling has been a candidate for the Hall of Fame since retiring, appearing on the ballot in 2013 and 2014 but never getting more than 38.8 percent of the vote.
Even with all the on-field accolades Schilling earned throughout his career, there's no greater victory for the right-hander than hearing that his cancer has gone into remission. If anyone is primed to keep the disease at bay, it's him.