The whole Thompson Family takes NYC!


Writing from my iPhone so hang in there peeps!!

I cannot tell you how good it feels to have my family here. It has made such a difference in everything. The happiness that Liam and Quinn bring to all of our lives is so infectious and the way that my 3 boys love each other is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my life. I am so grateful for my in-laws for making the trip out here to bring the boys’ to us so we can all be together as a family. We are happy, peaceful, and enjoying every second we have together to the fullest.

We spent today enjoying the sunny NYC weather, even though it was still cold out; it was beautiful. We walked to Central Park and then over to The National History Museum. Ronan was able to get up and out a little bit, but nothing like before all of his pain. I pushed him in his stroller or carried him. His arm is still hurting him badly, but he seems to be in less pain and is trying to use it more. I bet it will be a good month or so before it is fully healed. I am just thankful for every new day, as it means his arm is healing more and I know he will soon be back to his old self. His spunk and spirit has not diminished at all, especially with his brothers here. He is just as feisty as ever which makes for a very happy mama.

Last night I had the chance to speak with Liam and Quinn’s first grade teacher, whom I adore. She has been so amazing to us this year with everything that is going on and I wanted to update her on our latest plan. She was very supportive of our decision to bring the boys’ out here so we could spend some time together. She gave me such peace of mind by telling me how well the twins are doing in school and what kind, good boys they are. It is such a weight off my shoulders to know that they are doing so well. It just shows how much the love that surrounds them and us is paying off. Even though their little lives have been turned upside down, it does not seem to be affecting them in school in the least bit. I could not be prouder of my two sweet boys. They are so tough and going through something like this is only going to make them out to be the best of men when they are older. They are learning the importance of family, being strong, and love. How when you stick together, you can get through anything…… no matter how hard or awful it may be. I am not pleased that they are learning these lessons this way, but I am determined to find some sort of beauty in the lessons that no sibling should have to learn.

I am just going to touch on the “Nurse Christine” ordeal for a few minutes on here, because I feel as if it needs to be addressed. I realized that when I started this blog…. I was putting myself out there, to everyone; crazies included, but it was a chance I was willing to take. Many times in the past, this person has written nasty comments on my blog but I have been able to catch them just in time to put them to spam. One of my reasons in doing so, was because I wanted to protect all of you from wasting your time and energy on this horrible person. I apologize to all of you for not catching her comments sooner, as I have been so busy that I have not had time to read anybody’s comments until this evening. When I saw the uproar, I had no idea what it was in regards to, until I backtracked to find that this person had used a different, but somewhat similar email to post something utterly disgusting, once again. I put her comment to spam again, but apparently there were a lot more comments made. I have erased them all as best I can, but I know there is only so much I can do. Everyone is not going to be a fan of mine and that is fine. But to not be a fan of our family who is fighting so hard for the life of our baby boy, and to say things like we’d better prepare ourselves for his death is just sick and twisted. We know what we are up against. We do not think we are better than anyone else and I’m sorry if my pretty much perfect life before this has offended you. We are good people, with good hearts, who work hard for what we have and the life that we live. I truly believe that Ronan was chosen for this path to make a difference in the world and his story will have a positive outcome. Those of you who know my son, you know that he is special beyond belief and there is a very good reason for all of this. To all the Nurse Christine Crazies out there who probably live alone, with 25 cats, and star on the A&E show, “Hoarders,” you need to go elsewhere. Your negativity and bad “juju” is not going to get me down. I pity you and you just make me feel sorry for you. In the words of my husband, you are just a bad person. The one thing I did learn through
all of this though, which I already knew before, is how badass Ronan’s fan club is. You all had me in stitches with your words and how fired up you were. After such a crummy few days, it was so nice to be laughing out loud again. I couldn’t be prouder to have you all as Rockstar Fans and family. You all melt my heart. One last thing to “Nurse Christine.” Your 15 minutes are up my love….. my 15 minutes will be up when there is a cure for Neuroblastoma and I will not stop until then. You need to go find a hobby, join a Bullies Anonymous Group, and go get some intense therapy. Your negativity is not welcome here.

I hope you are all having a beautiful weekend full of the love and beauty that you deserve. I hope you find a hundred things a day that you are thankful for will continue to spread your love around in your day to day lives. Thank you for sharing it with me daily by keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. I am beyond blessed to have you all on our side!!!

xoxo

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  1. Adrienne

     /  March 26, 2011

    Amazing response Maya. You have so many people behind you and on your side as you continue on this journey. I am continuing to think and pray for you and your family daily! Down with this terrible disease!

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  2. Emily

     /  March 26, 2011

    So glad your whole family is together and you’re making the most of your time! And, I’m sorry that you’ve had to put up with someone who not only made one heinous comment on here, but several comments and that you’ve had to try to filter them out before others see them. Seriously, that is the last thing you need to be worrying about and putting forth energy in deleting her heartless comments. But, I always believe everything happens for a reason and if all of your fans’ comments in response to her made you die laughing, then her purpose was served. Still, what a dumb bitch….Have a beautiful weekend and you will always be in our thoughts. xoxoxo

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  3. Nichole

     /  March 26, 2011

    I am so happy that your entire family gets to spend some time together…. even more happy to read this post. Just like I said in the last entry.. you and your family are fighters and Ronan WILL persevere!!!

    Enjoy your weekend!!!

    “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
    ~John Quincy Adams

    Lots of Love & prayers from So. Ca. xoxo

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  4. simone atkinson

     /  March 26, 2011

    So sorry you had to deal with any negative comments….we are all behind you 100% and we are all confident about Ronans full recovery.

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  5. Amanda Bedard

     /  March 26, 2011

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us Maya. & thank you for putting “Christine” in her place tonight. What an ugly person she must be inside. We are sending Ronan positive energy & keeping him in our thoughts always!!

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  6. Mary

     /  March 26, 2011

    I am also so happy that your sweet little family is enjoying some well deserved happy time in the city that never sleeps! It sucks that you’ve had to deal with Nurse Ratchett in the past. You are very blessed to have such a wonderful family, such amazing and helpful friends and quite a few cyber space mama bears.

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  7. Michelle

     /  March 26, 2011

    This post made me smile…..I am so happy you all are together and having a great time in the city. You all are an amazing family and Maya you are an amazing person and mom. Keep up the good work mama!
    Cute picture of you and your boys!

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  8. Margo Fishel

     /  March 26, 2011

    Ronan is a true warrior! He will beat cancer and go on to live a healthy and productive life. I pray every day for all of you. Fyou nurse Christine.

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  9. Laura

     /  March 26, 2011

    So glad you are able to enjoy a wonderful family weekend.

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  10. Ed lynch

     /  March 26, 2011

    She obviously had no idea who she was dealing with did she? Keep up the amazing jobyour doing!

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  11. Glenda

     /  March 26, 2011

    So happy you have your entire family with you and enjoying NYC.

    I’m glad the twins are doing so good in school under the circumstances your family has been under.

    I can not imagine how insensitive some people can be. The nerve!!! I didn’t get to see the comments Christine left, but obviously she’s never had to deal with one of her family members and cancer. If she had, she wouldn’t leave nasty comments.

    Continue to fight on and bring awareness for your beautiful son.

    I’m continuing to pray for Ronan and your family. Stay strong and fight on!!!

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  12. Mandy

     /  March 26, 2011

    I am so happy your family is together. Nothing is stronger than the bond family has. May it stengthen you to the fullest. We love you! Stay strong!

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  13. Rosemary S.

     /  March 26, 2011

    It’s good that you and your family get to be together to play! Always good for the soul!

    I am also glad that your boys are doing well in school and are good people. I think that is one of the most important things for people to learn, is how to get along with each other in the world.

    As far as the Ronan Fan Club goes…all is well. I am glad to be one of the many who support your family, and wish you well. And please…don’t feel the need to try to “protect” us….as it’s not worth energy spent towards it. I, for one, will try NOT to respond to such stupidity again…and I will continue to pity those who have cruel thoughts for their own entertainment.

    This blog is yours. Your words. Your thoughts. Your feelings. No one has the right to criticize you, and you don’t have to justify what you write. That’s the way it should be.

    Prayers and healing thoughts flow forth for Ronan and family. Staying positive is healing in itself. (I am getting out my pom-poms and starting to cheer-cheer!)

    (hugs) ;-)

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  14. Candyce Lindsay

     /  March 26, 2011

    maya and all, my family sends love your way! unexplained untempered love! I believe that love never fails, and the Thompsons show that it doesn’t even in the hardest of times. Remember to be a sponge and take in all the love sent your way. Hoping you have been able to get rid of contact with any stranger contributing non-loving words your way. Love will prevail. Kissses to your precious Ronan and love to all of you! Praying for all of you daily!

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  15. Molly

     /  March 27, 2011

    Maya and Family,

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers every single day. Ronan is such a tough little fighter and he is very lucky to have such an awesome and loving family. I’m so glad that you can finally have some “family time” with your three boys. Love and prayers from Boston :)

    Thinking and Praying every day,

    Molly

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  16. Willits Family

     /  March 27, 2011

    I never post to other people, but Christine will you please stop posting to my friend. This is absurd. We do not care if you know the same people etc. All we care is that Ronan is getting the best help he can and a miracle happens and rids him of his cancer. Please get some sleep (I know I am off to bed after cleaning dishes and uniforms for kids pictures tomorrow) and leave this wonderful family alone. Life is clearly too short.

    Gay Willits

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  17. Willits Family

     /  March 27, 2011

    PS Life is Clearly Too Short for people with this kind of Negative energy. Negativity is what is bringing this world down. Please enjoy your daughter and your own friends. It sounds like you do not even know The Thompsons.

    Maya may tomorrow be a new day and you enjoy the kiddos. Much Much Love

    Gay

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  18. Hater go away!

     /  March 27, 2011

    Maya – glad you had a fabulous day with your family & enjoying NYC to the fullest! Ronan will be cured & we can all tell Christine “told you so!” I refuse to feed the troll so just chalk it up to pure jealousy & being an attention whore. Enjoy the rest of your time with your boys & I look forward to the next positive posting!

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  19. Justin's Mommy

     /  March 27, 2011

    Maya~ Keep doing what you are doing, it is what is best for your children! No one, I don’t care how experinced they claim to be, has the right to tell you how to handle cancer. Ronan’s fans will continue to support and pray for your family, don’t waste your time and enrgy on such a negative person!

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  20. KT

     /  March 27, 2011

    Your post was beautiful!!!! It put a smile on
    my face. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

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  21. Amy

     /  March 27, 2011

    Kudos to you for being the bigger person in the “crazy lady” situation! You and I have mutual friends/acquaintances, and I have been religiously following your blog! I am praying for Ronan and your entire family as often as I can! Ronan seems like such a strong little kid, and I know you guys will fight this until every last cancer cell is out of his sweet little body! I love your blog, and how real you are!

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  22. bev

     /  March 27, 2011

    I wake to you each morning, and today I am smiling:) What a great comeback girl! The boys look estatic to be with you. Give all hugs and kisses and enjoy every minute with them! What a fabulous playground (NYC) for an amazing family:) As always, in my prayers…

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  23. Marquita Ward

     /  March 27, 2011

    Thank You God for taking care of this family and keep them safe from negative people who have no right to bully anyone. In Jesus name amen.
    Continued blessings of healing and happiness.

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  24. Trish

     /  March 27, 2011

    Maya enjoy the big apple…especially with all your boys. What a special time with everyone together!!! Spring has sprung!

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  25. Rita Dickinson

     /  March 27, 2011

    Continuing to send you love, light, positivity and prayers. You know we are here for you, Maya, and for Ronan and the entire Thompson family.

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  26. Patty Colson

     /  March 27, 2011

    Dear Maya and Rockstar Family,
    We do not know each other but we do have a Kevin Bacon 3 degees connection of sorts, and I can relate somewhat to your situation. I too battled cancer with a loved one. Different cancer, and it was my beloved husband (and high school sweetheart.) Unfortunately he lost his battle after almost two years. But hope remained until the end….
    Maya, no one should critque your comments, thoughts or musings. No one has the right to criticize any choices you make in the best interest of your son and the rest of your family. Do not let anyone guilt you for the steps you take on this journey, or the different fork in the road you might take to try everything to save your precious son. Do NOT waste another moment on that crap. Sometimes the only thing that made me feel “normal” during our cancer trial by fire was the few but glorious moments where my best friend and I indulged in outrageous sillyness and black humor. You are entitled to find comfort (momentarily at best, I know) where ever your heart finds that loving suport. Lunches, dinner or drinks with the girls included. And your blog is amazing just as it is. Please don’t edit or censor it because some people might think it is minutia in the details. The details of your writing is what makes it lively and interesting. And heartbreakingly real. I have been reading also since August and have never commented before. Now I feel I need to add my voice to the army of support that has shouted Christine down on behalf of the brave and beautiful Thompson Family.
    I suggest you appoint someone ELSE to find the mysterious and nasty Christine’s real identity with the latest clues she posted. Then report her to her job for harassing you and your beautiful family in this manner. She has a right to her opinion, and granted not all cancer patients make it. You are following your heart though with information gathered in hand to get your son and your whole family through this. That is incredibly hard enough. You are entitled to make those informed choices. And you are entitled to your hope! Christine should be reprimanded from her employer if indeed she is really a nurse. Sounds like she works at PCH actually. I bet they will at least tell her to stop this behavior or suspend her. It is certainly evil spirited at best and if she felt the need to “share” she has accomplished that. Now Christine needs to crawl back into her dark dank hole. Sounds like you did the right thing leaving PCH if she has her ties there somehow.
    As for me I am continuing to follow your story with an open mind and heart. I am believing that God is listening. And I am praying your beautiful boy will be one of the survivors of this horrible disease. You AND Ronan ARE Rockstars Maya. Never give up the fight!!!!
    ps: Our connection is from Kelso. You went to high school with the daughter of MY best friend from high school. That’s a 40+ year friendship now…..That daughter is Tiffany. She attended the local fundraisers and posted your blog on her page. I actually found it through another mutual friend though. A small but amazing world we live in…. We are really ALL 3 degrees from each other. Heart to heart Maya.
    Wishing all of you continued hope, belief in miracles, strength for the journey and many many more years with all of your beautiful boys, including Woody…..
    Peace….

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  27. Elle

     /  March 27, 2011

    I haven’t commented before, but felt the need to today. To the Thompson Family – you all are in inspiration. I’m sorry that all of you are on this journey, but I believe that this is all part of Ronan’s purpose. I believe that no matter what happens, you will all come through this stronger and better for it, even though it doesn’t feel that way to you right now. Thank you for sharing your Rockstar Ronan and your struggles with all who read this blog. I pray every day that Ronan keeps that fight going and that it becomes easier for him with each treatment.

    To anyone reading this who feels that Ronan is fighting against the odds, well that may be true. But that doesn’t mean any of this family has to give up the fight. I know from personal experience that ‘the odds’ mean squat!! My daughter was stillborn 8 years ago. She died from Trisomy 7 at 25 weeks. In talking with several doctors, the “odds” were that I should have miscarried her before I even knew I was pregnant. And yet that didn’t happen. She lived a glorious 25 weeks, growing and kicking inside of me. I never knew her outside or got to hear her cry or laugh or see a smile, but I got to feel her when all medical “odds” said I never should have had that. So the “Odds” mean squat.

    Ronan has a lot of people fighting for him and praying for him and hopefully helping him to gain strength from that. He can overcome the odds with this. I’m sure that Maya, Woody and all involved with Ronan’s care are fully aware of what can happen. There is no way that as parents they can ignore it. So what does that mean right now? It means that they need to enjoy every second they have, cry when they need it, laugh when they can and hang on to that hope that there is a chance their little boy will be healthy again in the near future. There will be plenty of time for grieving if the worst does happen. No sense in wasting time on it now when Ronan is still here, still has a chance to beat this stupid cancer and still has breath in his body. Until then, I’ll be sending up prayers and healing vibes for Ronan to feel better with each moment and for his family to feel the strength of those they know and don’t know through this blog.

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  28. Molly

     /  March 27, 2011

    You are amazing to be able to not let C get to you! I would have all her posts up just to get people to feel sorry for me! Keep kickin ass

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  29. J

     /  March 27, 2011

    GO AWAY CHRISTINE!! YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE; As to The Thompson family!!! You’re awesome, I love your togetherness. Amazing families stick together thru thick and thin, happy times and sad times. God has has blessed to to have extra strenght and courage to start a new each and every day. I am in your cheering corner each and every day. Prayer rolls and hugs are for your family
    All of you will survive
    hugs

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  30. D. Murray Armitage

     /  March 27, 2011

    Maya, there are always people who are so eaten up by self loathing that all they are able to spew is negativity (wasn’t it Roosevelt who talked about the “nattering nabobs of negativity” with such derision?). I and thousands of others follow your blog daily and offer you positive thoughts and energy, prayers and love, and HOPE! for continued COURAGE!, letting you know that although your world seems so tiny at times, while you cannot see us directly, you will always feel us surrounding the Thompson family every step of the way.

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  31. Marcy Shipman

     /  March 30, 2011

    I’m so sad I haven’t been able to read the blog for a few days, so I’m playing catch up now. I didn’t get a chance to read what Christine had to say and I’m so thankful I didn’t because I’m sure I would have been as angry as the rest. I have read through the other comments and a couple people seemed to actually defend Christine, which is sad to me. She may have been stating “the reality” of the situation, but that is NOT what Maya needs right now and this is Maya’s blog!! We should respect that! She is blessing us with her beautiful words and life story and letting us into her family’s lives more than we could ever ask for, so everyone on here needs to respect that or STOP READING IT!!!! As for the fact that she shouldn’t be spending time bringing awareness to neuroblastoma and that it won’t help Ronan, instead it will just help future kids…..that couldn’t be more false!! If because of the awareness that many of these parents are trying to bring (Braden’s Army, Band of Parents, Cookies for Cancer, etc….all of which still have children fighting this same fight) that they come up with a treatment that actually works in the next week, month, year, etc…..this could ABSOLUTELY help save her son!! Maya, I continue to believe with you that Ronan will beat this against all odds. Like you keep reminding us he is like no other child and for that reason alone he’s going win this battle. There may be a few hard turns along the way but I have no doubt that Ronan can do this! When you add in the hundreds of thousands of prayers that are going up to God for him, well, that just speaks for itself. I continue to pray for the entire Thompson family. Each of you are dealing with your own pain through all of this and I pray that God heal each and everyone of you.

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  32. Frazier

     /  March 27, 2011

    BITE ME!!!! how can you call yourself a healer when you don’t have any HOPE?? you are NOT ALLOWED to take that away from Ronan and his family.. It’s not yours to take!!

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  33. Kate, NB mom

     /  March 27, 2011

    I have sat quietly and read for 2 days but feel the need to address you, Christine. You are a nurse? Are you a pediatric nurse at a childrens hospital specializing in Neuroblastoma? If not, you have no expertise in Neurblastoma and I do not see a MD after your name and therefore you are NO expert at all. You are like a child who is starving for attention and act out for attention. There are many people like you, dark and twisted. I am so embarrassed for you and wish you found someone else to bother because, you see, you are not only bothering and harassing Maya, Woody, Ronan and the twins but you are bothering and harassing me as a mother who’s son had Neuroblastoma (and who now is NED-no evidence of disease. Thank you very much) and for all the other cancer parents who’s children had Neuroblastoma or any cancer for that matter. You see, Neuroblastoma has messed with the wrong kid. It doesn’t stand a chance. Now, like Maya said, go to a different blog.
    Maya-with HOPE and LOVE and FAITH.

    Kate

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