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Sgt. Steve Thompson

Steve and Christy Thompson first met in High School, although they were not High School sweethearts. They both attended Ames High in Iowa. Christy had a steady boyfriend in High School, but she found herself alone and pregnant at 18. She decided to start attending Lamaze classes at Mary Greeley Medical where Steve happened to be a janitor.

Steve ran into Christy during a break from her first Lamaze class and started taking his breaks at the same time every day to make sure to see her again. They quickly became good friends. When Raven was born, Steve was the first of Christy’s friends to visit in the hospital. Steve quickly fell in love.

Contrary to what you might think, it was not Christy he fell in love with. It was Raven. Steve has always loved babies, just ask anyone who knows him.

Even though they weren’t dating, Steve and Christy became inseparable. Their courtship was not  traditional. One day, watching a movie, Steve told Christy he thought he was falling in love. She admitted that she was falling for him as well. They started dating and three weeks later they were engaged.

How They Met

During their engagement Steve decided to serve his country and join the army. He did not want Christy working late nights and long hours, he wanted to give her the option to stay at home with their daughter. His recruiters encouraged him to marry before enlisting. So a week later, October 15 2000, they were married at Christy’s parent’s house with Raven as a flower girl. Shortly after Steve left for Fort Knox to train as a Cavalry Scout.

After training Steve returned to Ames to do hometown recruiting for a month. Soon after, Christy found out she was pregnant. In July of 2001, they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. While at Fort Carson Steve was a part of the Brave Rifles.

Then September 11th happened.

While Christy feared a deployment, she tried to focus on their upcoming baby and the chance to now spend more time with her daughter. Richard made his entrance into the world on February 15th, 2002. The talk of war became more frequent and Steve was often away training.

Steve left for Iraq (the first of 3 deployments) in April of 2003. During this deployment Steve decided not to reenlist. He made it home just in time for the birth of their third child, Eliana born November 14, 2003. By January of ‘05 the family of five moved home to Iowa.  

Less then a year after he got out, Steve found himself back at the recruiters office. Steve loved serving in the military and hated seeing Christy work long hours to keep them financially afloat.

In 2005 the family moved to Fort Hood, Texas. Steve was assigned to the First Cavalry Division and loved being back in uniform. He deployed for the second time to Iraq in 2006. This time a 15 month deployment.

When Steve returned home they received orders to Fort Bliss. Christy was devastated. She had met some amazing friends at Fort Hood and was scared to leave their home of three years. But move they did. They said good bye to green grass and four seasons and said hello to dust storms and HOT weather… all the time.

Their first year at Fort Bliss was awful. They both felt they needed to find a church. They tried several but were unsuccessful. Then a  co-leader with the Girl Scouts (where Christy volunteered), invited the family to her church. They fell in love with their church, the Pastor, and all the members of the congregation.

Sunrise Baptist Church made them view El Paso in a very different way. Instead of seeing only the negative, they started to see positive things all around them. They both started volunteering as much as they could and became very active members.

In 2010 Steve deployed to Iraq with 6/1 Calvary for a nine month tour.

In April of 2011, Christy was offered a job as the church secretary. She eagerly accepted. Although they couldn’t pay her much, her job allowed her the freedom to bring her children with her. Steve was voted in as a Deacon of the church soon after.

Thompson Army of 5

"A part of you has grown in me. And so you see, it's you and me together forever and never apart, maybe in distance, but never in heart." - Unknown

Enlistment, OIF, Duty Stations, and Children  

Steve’s Units

Our Church Family

Steve and Christy have been married 11 years, going on 12. They have 3 beautifull children; Raven, Eliana, and Ricky.

Fort Carson, Brave Rifles

Fort Hood, First Cavalry Division

Fort Bliss, 6/1 Cavalry

OBS ‘01, OIF ‘03, ‘06/07, ‘09/10

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” - Richard Bach, Illusions

Family

Rejoice in hope,

be patient in tribulation,

be constant in prayer.

Romans 12:12


Cancer

All seemed perfect. If you had asked Christy, she would have told you their life seemed like a fairy tale. They enjoyed an amazing Thanksgiving with some very good friends and life was good. The next day, Steve started to feel sick. He thought he was getting the flu, or he had just eaten to much the day before and was paying for the delicious meal now. But that night he had a headache, and lumps on his head. It steadily got worse over the weekend.

By Monday it was unbearable and he went to see his PA. He was diagnosed with cluster migranes and encouraged to destress. Throughout the week he continued to go back as the headaches were only growing worse. By Wed evening he went to the ER. He received a CT scan, nothing was found and he was sent home and back to work the next day.

Friday morning, December 1st, Steve went to work as usual. While at work, Steve was having double vision and was so dehydrated he had to have one of his soldiers drive him to the E.R. Christy left work and met him at the hospital. It wasn’t long before doctors started coming in to see Steve, something clearly was wrong. His kidneys were failing, less than 15% functional. They admitted him and the next couple of days became a blur. By December 6th Steve’s kidneys were functioning at less than 5%. Then the doctors walked into his room, all of them. They had finally found what was wrong.

Steve was diagnosed with stage IV B Burkitts lymphoma, including bone marrow. His entire lymphatic system was besieged by the cancer. He had tumors in his torso and a large tumor in his head that had caused facial drooping.

Burkitts can kill in 10 days. Steve was on day 12.

After deliberation and a few changes, it was decided that the best course of action was to send Steve by ambulance to Sierra Medical Center to receive emergency chemotherapy. They started the chemo that night. He received dialysis for his kidneys and they surgically implanted a port in his chest as well as an Omaya Reservoir in his head.

The chemotherapy was very aggressive, but everyone had high hopes that he wouold beat this cancer. There were many complications. Steve spent just as much time in the hospital for his chemotherapy as he did for the complications from the chemo. There were many close calls.

Then on March 1st his Oncologist said he was in remission. Everyone rejoiced, except Christy. She didn’t trust the scan. They had failed before. The CT scan on November 30th showed none of the tumor. While she hoped for the best, she wasn’t ready to celebrate just yet.  In early May they discovered the cancer was still there.

While the cancer in his body was gone, the cancer in his head was resisting chemotherapy. In a matter of three weeks the tumors were large enough to cause facial drooping, double vision and extreme headaches. The chemotherapy could hold the cancer at bay, but it wasn’t killing it.

Today

Steve has been sent to MD Anderson. He will need a bone marrow transplant if he has any hope of survival. Even with the transplant they still have to try and find a way to kill the cancer without killing him.

Christy and the kids have to find a way to be near Steve, not knowing if he is going to live or die, they want to be by his side every moment possible. Christy is trying desperately to find a way to keep the whole family together in an unfamiliar town and without the added income from her job.

Please consider donating to this family and registering as a Bone Marrow Donor today. The sooner a match is found for Steve the better his chances.

The children are 12, 10, and 8 and just want to be with their daddy.