We made it back from Memphis late last night . . . Although it’s nice to be home, the news from Judy’s is not good.

John had an MRI on Monday and our fears of progression were confirmed by the Doc yesterday.  This tells us that the symptoms we’ve been seeing over the last 6 – 7 weeks are tumor related and will only continue to get worse. 

Please know that we plan on filling the upcoming months with nothing but love & joy.  Our main focus is to keep John as comfortable as possible, and to keep life as normal as we can for him and his two little sisters.  We will all get through this together.

We sincerely thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers you have sent our way over the last 9 months  –  We know this love and support will continue and just want you to know that it means the world to us.

All of our love.

The Thompsons





76 thoughts on “courage.spirit.hope.

  1. So sorry to hear the sad news. You are all in my thoughts. Mary I am friends with your grandma Nancy and your Aunt Maureen. I am a nurse who took care of “the dearest” Irene.

    Sent from my iPad

  2. This must have been a very hard note to write but thank you for sharing the news. No one knows why this is happening to John, but if I know one thing it’s that the Heskos and Thompsons can fill time with love & joy & a lot of laughter. We are all proud of you and John for your incredible strength. Love you and see you soon.

  3. John, YOU mean the world to us!! We love you so much. You are so brave and so strong and have the best family surrounding you!!! Squeeze Mom and Dad real tight for me, okay!?!

  4. Dear Alison & Family, I will start off by saying I do not personally know John but from what I see on these post he is one special and very loved boy! I used to work with Alison a very long time ago and I ran in to her again in 2006 after having my daughter at our OBGYN office and she was pregnant with John at the time. I want you all to know my family has been praying for John & your family since I learned of this awful diagnosis and you will remain in our thoughts and prayers always. God Bless

  5. Our hearts, thoughts, prayers are all with you! There are no words! Love you and thinking of you all every single day! Much Love, Lynn Carpenter Smith, UNH Alumni Association

  6. We are constantly keeping you in our thoughts. Sending love your way every minute. Thank you for updating all of us and for keeping us in your lives with all you have been through. This whole community is here for you! Love, The Gately’s

  7. You will all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for peace and comfort for you all. Big hugs from the Morel Family ❤️

  8. John and all the family are in our prayers daily. Your updates are amazing for the honesty you are willing to share. You are a wonderful family and have great support with your extended family and friends. Our love is with you all. Lee and Stephen

  9. You are in my heart and thoughts every day. The courage and strength it takes to cope with all of this is so inspiring. Wishing you all love and comfort during this difficult journey.
    Lots of love

  10. Not a day goes by that you are not in our thoughts and prayers. You all are an inspiration to so many. Alison and Jesse, take care of yourselves, too, and know that many friends are thinking of you always.

  11. Every day is a gift and I plan on celebrating each day I have with John. There is a reason it is called the “present”. Courage, Spirit and Hope ALWAYS!!!

    Mrs. Madore

  12. Sending prayers and hugs. You are an amazing family and John is such a strong and special boy. Thinking of you always.

  13. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I keep thinking that Irene is there and ready to hold.
    Love Mary Lewis Sheehan

  14. Each day we think of you and love reading your blog and seeing the wonderful art work you have done. Mom, Dad and you along with Clara and Elizabeth are in our daily thoughts. Stay strong JBT.

  15. At the end of the day the fact that here you are. On John’s blog. Keeping US in your loop. Is such a testament to your strength and big love for each other. We are here. Always. Know that.

  16. Thank you for continuing to share your courage, spirit and hope with all of us. You are truly an amazing family and you are, and will continue to be, in our thoughts and daily prayers.
    All our love,
    The Bettez Family


  18. We’re not giving up, we are thinking of you all and will continue our prayers and sending our love your way! Try to stay strong and know your friends are here for you. Xo The Keenan’s

  19. Our hearts ache with you & we lift you up in prayer – We know you treasure every moment of this precious young boy’s life – John is a gift, like our son was to us.

  20. Thompson family..Sing, dance, create beautiful works of art, tell stories, snuggle, smile, and laugh together, which the Thompson family knows how to do best! Your beautiful family continues to amaze me everyday with their strength and courage. We love you all so much with all of our hearts John, Alison, Jesse, Clara, and Elizabeth! xoxo

  21. You are an amazing family and we feel so blessed to have you all in our lives. Thinking of you every second.

    Courage. Spirit. Hope. Love.

  22. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing us the privilege to be part of your lives at this very difficult time. You, Alison and Jesse, are an inspiration to all! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you each and everyday! Sending so much love, faith, courage, spirit, and hope. Greevs

  23. We love you John!!! Sending SO much love, positive thoughts, and prayers everyday!!! Xoxo love, Chad and Michelle

  24. We are all at a loss of words but want you to know our family loves you all from the bottom of our hearts, more than we can even begin to express. We are thinking and praying for you each and every day. You thank all of us for our love and support but it is truly your family’s strength and courage that is getting us all through this and showing us how to live life to the fullest and treat each day as a gift, so thank you. xoxo. the maurer’s

  25. Allison and Jesse – my heart goes out you. Please know how many people, many of whom have never even met John, are holding you in our hearts and prayers. As so many have said, your capacity for love and joy is an inspiration to all of us even as you live every parent’s nightmare. Hang in there and take of yourselves and each other so you can be strong for John. All my loveto you and John and the girls, Anne

  26. You are an amazing and strong family. Thank you for sharing this journey with us and being so open. Keep making memories and enjoying every minute of your time together. My family and I will continue to pray for as many memories as possible to be made! You all have a lot of love being sent your way, John is always in our thoughts. Much love Chris, Holly, Addison, Savannah xoxo

  27. You are an amazing family! I love all the pictures of everyone and John’s artwork! Thank you so much for sharing! I continue to send up prayers and you are all in my thoughts! xoxo
    Erin McNamara Friedman

  28. I wish to God I could fly out just to give John, and all of you, hugs. I’m so very sorry you’re facing this road. I too walked through something similar with my precious Jack. You’re doing everything right. Love each moment. Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t judge yourselves. Also: Know that in every experience there truly is a good reason. We humans are too small-minded to see the bigger picture, but we are smart enough to know it is there. God gave us smart hearts. Indeed, that is where the Spirit resides in us all and connects us all, always. I wish you enormous amounts of courage and strength. It takes strength to feel it all.
    Love you very much,
    Janet from Jack’s Angels in California

  29. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, John and your family. We will continue to pray for you everyday. We are so lucky to live in a wonderful community that cares and loves you like family. We all love you and care for you and we will be paying for that miracle you deserve. Thank you for letting us go on this journey with you and opening your life to us. See you soon.

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