​Shonda Schilling Family Offer Estate Sale​​

October 17, 2021

Shonda Schilling and her husband Curt have announced an estate sale after going through a lot of hardships. The family has struggled with Asperger’s as Schilling spent 20 years on the mound facing some of Major League Baseball’s toughest hitters.

In 2004, he famously wore a bloody sock to help bring the Boston Red Sox their first championship title in 86 years.

However, nothing in all those years could help prepare Curt and his wife for the challenges they would face raising their four children. Shonda details their struggles in a new book, “The Best Kind of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome,” which focuses on the diagnosis of their son Grant and how it changed them as a family.

“You go through different stages,” Shonda Schilling told FoxNews.com. “You mourn the child that you thought you would have. You’re sad because you’re afraid of the future and you feel guilty. You feel guilty because you’ve just spent the first seven years of his life yelling at him when he had no idea why you were yelling at him.”

Grant, who is now 10 years old, was diagnosed at the age of 7. At the time, Curt was on the road with the Red Sox and Shonda was at home, doing most of the child-rearing by herself.

“There was an immense amount of guilt for me,” Curt said. “I was the parent that continued to be on the other end of the phone saying just discipline him more or be stricter with him — not knowing that was the absolute wrong thing to do. But I’ve always been a glass-half-full kind of a guy in the sense that for me the diagnosis was OK — it wasn’t life-threatening.”

Instead of dwelling on the diagnosis and asking ‘why us,’ the Schillings forged ahead and focused on Grant’s treatment. And even though it’s been three years since the diagnosis, Curt and Shonda admit they still don’t know what to expect from one day to the next.

“It’s a new challenge every day,” Curt said. “It’s like every morning you wind up a jack-in-the-box and something different pops out. And a lot of days it’s great, it’s fun and you’ll watch him do things that you never thought a 10-year-old could do, and other days it’s just like, ‘Wow, this is going to be a long day.’”

Asperger’s syndrome, which is generally thought to be on the milder end of the Autistic Spectrum, is a developmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others, according to the Mayo Clinic. Children with Asperger’s typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics.

The book is fascinating, so if you want a good read, check out “The Best Kind of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome.”