Not the most eloquent lede, but an effective one nonetheless. Today former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced he had been recently diagnosed with cancer and will begin treatment immediately.
In a statement released by ESPN, Schilling said,
"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."
"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. 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."
During a time (or news) like this there's no reason to be funny, sarcastic or clever. It really boils down to raw human emotion, and the fact that I hate - I mean REALLY hate - cancer.
So to those battling and struggling with cancer, please, keep fighting. And to cancer itself, I only have one thing to say, "YOU SUCK!"