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Raising A Child With Asperger‘s Syndrome
Sherwood Ross - Pvnn
July 31, 2010
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The Best Kind of Different: Our Family's Journey with Asperger's Syndrome
by Shonda Schilling, Curt Schilling

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To many women, being the wife of an All-Star major league pitcher may seem like a dream existence. Behind her celebrity husband‘s glamorous network TV appearances on the diamond and the sports page headlines, though, a baseball wife must grapple with raising a family alone for a good part of the year when her husband is away on the road, no easy task under normal circumstances, and a daunting one for a family that had to move 40 times because of spring training and trades to five different ball clubs. And if the wife is also battling skin cancer and has one child with Asperger‘s Syndrome, and another with anorexia, she is apt to write a book about her trials as Shonda Schilling has done, titled, "The Best Kind of Different: Our Family‘s Journey with Asperger‘s Syndrome (HarperCollins)." Fortunately, Shonda was a journalism major at Towson State College, Maryland, and knows how to tell a difficult story.

Shonda is the wife of Curt Schilling - a dominating hurler for two decades for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox, among other contenders, and a man who struck out a phenomenal 3,116 batters while compiling an enviable 216-146 won-lost record over nearly 20 years in the Big Time, collecting three World Series championship rings in the process for his performances in 2001, 2004, and 2007. With Curt away so much it wasn‘t always possible to be a typical family, Shonda writes. In an interview on Comcast on "Books of Our Time," produced by the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover, Shonda told law professor/TV host Holly Vietzke:

"I think that when you‘re married to somebody who‘s a professional or a celebrity, you‘re often thought of as never having to do anything. So I was always trying to live up to what people thought, to prove that I was doing it. And I was raising my own kids

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