Schilling Diagnosed with Cancer

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Gehrig38 said:
Thanks a ton guys. I have a shattered left finger or I'd type more, but I wanted to thank you for all the well wishes and Yep for the post earlier. Bone Chips that was pretty cool too.
I am hoping in some small way that I might be able to post here and keep it here, if so that would be great.
I am having surgery tomorrow and will begin chemo/radiation this week (10 or so days faster than I was expecting) and i'll drop in and update anyone interested.
Again my sincere thank you and prayers and well wishes to all you and yours.
Curt
 
Dude saddle up and beat this. Tons of people are pulling for you.
 

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Awesome that surgery went well - sure that's the first of many positive milestones to come. Oh, and not talking sucks, so hopefully that's done quickly. At least it's a good time to let the wife get some airtime, too, it sounds like...
 

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Get better as soon as you can. I remember being up that night many years ago when you were posting. Thanks for being a Red Sox player.
 
My best wishes on beating this thing.
 

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If I was cancer, I'd be pissed I attacked you. The fact that you've approached this like every other roadblock in your life is no surprise. Everyone's in the stands cheering for our Curt once again. Go paint some corners, we're all behind you.
 

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Late to the party, but chalk up another complete stranger pulling for you. Great to hear all's going well - quite confident that cancer doesn't stand a chance. 
 

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Curt, glad the surgery went well. Just remember that if we God equipped us with the ability to create cancer we also have the spiritual power to heal it. You have the gratitude right, so go ahead and take the high road to the higher self.
 

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Gehrig38 said:
Thanks a ton guys. I have a shattered left finger or I'd type more, but I wanted to thank you for all the well wishes and Yep for the post earlier. Bone Chips that was pretty cool too.
I am hoping in some small way that I might be able to post here and keep it here, if so that would be great.
I am having surgery tomorrow and will begin chemo/radiation this week (10 or so days faster than I was expecting) and i'll drop in and update anyone interested.
Again my sincere thank you and prayers and well wishes to all you and yours.
Curt
 
With all due respect Curt, don't you know a guy who could stitch something to something else so you can gut this out and type a bit more? Just sayin'
 
Best wishes on the speediest of recoveries with good news following each appointment. Be well 38.
 

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Gehrig38 said:
Thanks a ton guys. I have a shattered left finger or I'd type more, but I wanted to thank you for all the well wishes and Yep for the post earlier. Bone Chips that was pretty cool too.
I am hoping in some small way that I might be able to post here and keep it here, if so that would be great.
I am having surgery tomorrow and will begin chemo/radiation this week (10 or so days faster than I was expecting) and i'll drop in and update anyone interested.
Again my sincere thank you and prayers and well wishes to all you and yours.
Curt
 
Curt:
 
I think we're all glad to have you back posting on the board, but heartbroken at the reason we reconnected.
 
And I know you know that we're all thinking of you and wishing you the best.
 
Gehrig38 said:
Sorry, but need to add "Smoking hot" to 'strong' above....
:)
 
 
The best evidence of a life well lived is the knowledge that you've outkicked your coverage in the spouse department.
 
Get well soon.
 

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The least they could have done was give you a Sox cap instead of a hair net.
 
Glad phase 1 went well. Now kick the crap out of this thing in phase 2.
 
 
 

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G38 - Looking forward to seeing you throwing another honorary pitch in a playoff game in Fenway. Get well, get strong, and on to the next cool thing.
 

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Curt...While you have some down time, take a few moments to go back and watch the highlights from 2004 and remind yourself how you stared adversity in the face and came out on top. And, oh yeah, how you changed the lives of millions of Sox fans while doing so.

Praying for a speedy recovery.
 I've got full-game DVDs of ALCS Game 6 and WS Game 2.  Could be overnighted to you tomorrow for the low-low price of a "Thanks, man."  Just PM me an address.  :)
 
Best of luck, Curt, to you and to your family.  This is going to take a lot out of all of you. 
 

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Good luck, Curt. It's all been said very eloquently already—I'll only add that I read in the NY Times last week that lots of Vitamin C can help to mitigate the effects of Chemo and maybe even aid in the fight, too. Cancer has a worthy, worthy adversary in you. All power to you.
 

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Let me add my voice to all those pulling for you Curt. You are in my families nightly prayers.
 
What you did for us in 2004 (and again in 07) will NEVER be forgotten but none of that matters right now. What is really important is the fact that you have a great wife and family ready to help you get through this. Forget us, do it for them.
 
FYI.  Watch the "4 Days in October" with my boys last weekend (they were too young to experience it first hand). When game 6 came up they were stupified that someone even could, never mind would, do something like that. It was with tears in my eyes that I told them "He did that for us.". You now have 11 and 8 year old fans who will always remember that night.
 
I lost my grandmother to cancer in 98 and ever since have had this dream that one day I wake up to a newspaper headline reading 'CANCER CURED!' Until then kick it's ASS!
 

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Curt, during game 2 in 2007, I was in a hospital sweating out an operation my less than one year old grandson was having. I did sneak out to a waiting area that had a small TV now and then, and saw you outpitch an up and coming Ubaldo Jimenez 2 - 1. That was the pivotal game of that series as far as I'm concerned. I remember you saying after the game something like "with a lot of help from Papejima" (I don't think it was Okabon).  :) Anyway, you have a ton of friends here to help with prayers pull you through like Oki and Paps did that night with their pitching.
 
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That game was great, but I'd forgotten how great.  After 2.1 perfect innings from Okajima, Papelbon picked off Matt Holliday to end the 8th, and Curt had a lot of resulting nice things to say about the scouts' preparation on opponents' tendencies.
 
edit: Needless to say, Curt, I've never stopped rooting for you either.  You've always got a home and friends here, especially if you need a distraction or time-waster in just about any realm.
 

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Good luck G38. You got this. 
 
Also, it's ok to say nice things about somebody you might not agree with without having to qualify it with "I don't agree with his politics, but..".
 
That's just strange. 
 

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Foulkey Reese said:
Good luck G38. You got this. 
 
Also, it's ok to say nice things about somebody you might not agree with without having to qualify it with "I don't agree with his politics, but..".
 
That's just strange. 
 
You're right it is strange especially given what he helped deliver to The Nation. I'm sure that's just a bit of guilt coming out in those qualifications. After all Curt has been a target of ridicule as well as praise here and in times like this people most often pull for their fellow man no matter what they've previously said or thought.
 

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As strong as ever!!!! G38 you have the strength to prevail! I've been through my own shares of  medical procedures but nothing measures up to your battle! Fight hard and strong!!!
 
-Jared
 

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I'm not sure why, since many here have already done so, but I feel the need to address Curt directly. 
 
I have a hard time doing that, though. It's like the real-life version of looking someone in the eyes. I think I know what they are going through. I think I understand the pain, the miserable days and nights. But then I look at them.. really look at them and realize I didn't know jack shit. I still want to help but feel completely helpless. I offer them my support but wonder if that's enough. Somebody is going through a nightmare I've never experienced and the best I can say is "I'm sorry dude. I'll pray for you." What the fuck is that? 
 
But that's all I can do, Curt. Cancer is like that twink in Arathi Basin, a Rogue.. obviously. Always sneaking up on you when you least expect it. It stuns you, cripples you, and vanishes. You think you're in the clear but there it is, once again stunning the shit out of you. Rather than cripple you, this time it stabs you in the back with its little toothpicks. Pesky son of a bitch. If your time in baseball taught us anything, it's that you're a Paladin. You can shrug off annoying little things like this. You did it with your ankle. You did it with Manny.
 
You always gave it your all, enjoyed the good times and faced the heat when things went bad. You pitched while broken to shield Red Sox Nation, and your team, from another heart break. When you joined the Sox in 2004, you had this aura about you. You were going to bring a championship to Boston. It was hard not to believe you believed that. It was hard not to rally behind you. For a brief moment, you were our crusader leading a band of misfits on one of the most epic journeys in sports. "Why not us" was your rallying cry. We all bought it, hook line and sinker. Why not us? And you.. you delivered. You brought justice to all those (*ahem* MFY) who wronged us. You lead us to the promised land. 
 
So.... why not us? Fuck us, Curt. Why not you?
 
It's time to bubble hearth home.
 
Godspeed.
 
None of that was meant at a jab to the people offering their thoughts and prays. That's often the best we can do. It's just the way I feel when I tell somebody they have my thoughts and prayers
 

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MentalDisabldLst said:
That game was great, but I'd forgotten how great.  After 2.1 perfect innings from Okajima, Papelbon picked off Matt Holliday to end the 8th, and Curt had a lot of resulting nice things to say about the scouts' preparation on opponents' tendencies.
 
edit: Needless to say, Curt, I've never stopped rooting for you either.  You've always got a home and friends here, especially if you need a distraction or time-waster in just about any realm.
 
That game was the most nail-bitingly beautiful one of 2007- Curt's gutty pitching, Mikey Lowell's key hits, Paps picking off Holliday, Oki with the bridge. A true epic. I know Curt didn't want it to be, but a hell of a way to end your MLB career.
 

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There are so many moments. He brought the attitude en force. He and his team are why we know we can rather than wish we could. 
Still praying for him and his family.
 

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 G38, with that bloody sock and never-say-die attitude, you will always be a real "Roy Hobbs" character, literally my favorite Red Sox player ever (and I have been a fan since the days of Frank Malzone and Ted Williams).
 
I know your faith and your family and your heart will get you through this. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
 
My wife is beating breast cancer right now (2 months past surgery and radiation). And you will beat this.
 

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Curt, I just want to say you are in my prayers and I know you will beat this. "Bear Down!"
 

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Saying you're ok either way reminds me a lot of how my dads attitude was before it was time. I hope Curt has more of a fighting chance.
 

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yep said:
... Now that we're too cool even for Curt Schilling with cancer, maybe we can whittle down the membership to three or four under-employed lawyers who argue over politics and post snarky links to embarassing blogs, with a couple of post-graduates in other disciplines to provide technical backup ...

G38 had an absolute legendary, heroic, spotless record as a Red Sock, and as a SoSH member, and as a regular guy made good. He had a much less impressive run as a political thinker and post-baseball businessman. And now he has cancer.

MLB may or may not put him in the HOF, the Red Sox might but probably won't retire his number, but SoSH should absolutely do so. There are sub-forums to bitch about his business failings. If Red Sox baseball doesn't count for something, then this entire website is pointless. And if Red Sox baseball is a worthwhile topic, then G38 is a fucking superhero of historic proportions.
 
Amen. Thanks for taking the time to post this. The 1st page or so turned me off to this thread; but I'm glad I checked back.
 
Gehrig38 said:
And one more thing for you new SOSH members. Let me be very clear in stating unequivocally, this website ended up being one of the final 2-3 things that convinced me to come to Boston. 
It came down to the passion I was allowed to witness here, and the other?
1) I could go to NY and be a part of a team that might win #28 29 and/or 30 or..
2) I could go to Boston and be a part of something pretty much no one alive had witnessed.
#2 seemed like the right path for someone built like me...
 
Schill', I love how big of a fucking geek you are. I remember back when you first signed with the Sox, and you showed up on SoSH. I couldn't believe it ... a top player responding to internet dweebs on a freakin' message board? Forreal? You have to eat, drink, sleep baseball to commit such an act. And while you took your share of shit for it at times, there's no doubt the majority of the site's members appreciated you reaching out in such a fashion. 
 
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Baseball's in a much better place with you around to talk about it. Get well. 
 

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Curt,
 
Better writers than I have already said this more eloquently than I ever could, so I'll keep it simple.
 
Thank you, along with your team mates, for making my life better than it was.  You know, you are personally responsible for one of the highlights in the lives of literally millions of people.  My two sons are toddlers, ages 2 and 3.  They will know for their entire lives who Curt Schilling is, and that he is one of their dad's heroes.
 
Between your faith and your family you have the best possible support system.  I truly, truly hope that they guide you into full recovery.
 

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You, along with my personal Dominican mancrush, a skinny dude with a stupid haircut, an old knuckleballer, and a guy we'd lost all faith in turned October 2004 into something that I, among many others, never imagined possible and will never forget.
 
Thanks.
 
You got this. Best wishes.
 

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Curt, 
 
My best, best wishes for a full recovery. Always. 
 
That said, I try to live, really live, my life, so that, if I don't get old and gray, I can say I've had a hell of a ride already.
 
I think the same is true for you, and hope there's more good stuff in store for you here.
 
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Curt,

This "son of a preacher man" gets a little dusty when thinking about 2004 -- from Thanskgiving and your time here on SOSH to a bloody sock-soaked 7 in the heart of the Bronx. You and your mates "shut up a bunch of people from New York" and turned that place, if only for a moment, into something other -- for Sox Nation something gloriously other -- than simply the House that Ruth Built. That felt like a miracle to us and, on a preposterously real level, still does. You did that. Cancer doesn't stand a chance.

You and the story of your family and the sock and why not us and "the greatest Red Sox team ev -- EVER!" will always be in our hearts. For now, we can't wait for you to get back on the mend, offering up your candid, insightful takes on this sport we all call home. (But hurry the hell up. Harold fucking Reynolds is about to get a promotion.)
 

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Hey man, all I know is that Curt is at the center of my two worst baseball memories. Before game 6, my uncle calls me up and goes "you ready for tonight? There's no fucking way they win....." And then with a shred of doubt "even if they do, they won't win against us game 7."

After Curt won that game, Damon's grand slam was a formality. Yanks were cooked.
 

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I have to say it's amazing how 10 years later every NY fan I talked to swear they knew game 7 was going to be a loss. Odd considering those same fans wouldn't consider us rivals because we never beat them.
 

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Denial. I mean, after we lost I still walked around saying the Cardinals would win because the team would be too tired. Then I said it was ketchup on his sock. Then I said 86 more years. Then I shut up.

Thanks Curt!

All kidding aside, well wishes and there's no doubt you'll get through this.
 

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I have to say it's amazing how 10 years later every NY fan I talked to swear they knew game 7 was going to be a loss. Odd considering those same fans wouldn't consider us rivals because we never beat them.
 
As someone who lives in New York and went to game 7, this is true.  
 

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Thanks for the update soxhop411. Cancer is such a shitty disease. :( Once again, best wishes to Curt and family.
 

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As a Yankee fan on a Sox board, I wish you the best Curt. 
 
And for the record, 01 hurt more than 04. Thanks.
 
I can believe this...9/11 and the fact that it was the first time since 1997 that Mariano failed in a big spot.  
 
Curt, I'll continue to pray for your swift recovery and strength to your family throughout this crisis.  I hope God's plan involves a few more things for you to do here before He calls you home--like walking your daughter down the aisle at her wedding, bouncing grandchildren on your knee, and shuffling out to the mound for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 2004 championship.  With God all things are possible.  
 

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Curt, You were a great pitcher, a great one, and you are probably the most articulate athlete I've seen I my lifetime. I hate your politics, but God did I love to watch you on the mound. You never, it seemed to me, gave in to a hitter. It seemed like if you gave up a homerun there was never a man on base. You always had a plan against a batter and I'm sure you were thinking two or three batters ahead when you were facing the first or second guy each inning. Watching an accomplished master at work is why we watch sports. You were all that.

If I had to pick one tough bastard to beat whatever it is you have, it'd be you. Red Sox Nation, millions strong, is behind you. Good luck!
 

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I had this message pm'd to me the other day from lurker Hawk68.
 
Dear Mr. Schilling,

Your courage on the field of play is unquestioned, and we are all the better for having the opportunity to witness your storied baseball career and your actions as a devoted family man.

From one survivor to another, I share the words of the poet Nathalia Crane in the full knowledge that you have already achieved her intent.

“You cannot choose your battlefield; God does that for you. But you can plant a standard, where a standard never flew.”

Godspeed.

Respectfully,
Jim
 
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