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Ariel Rose’s Story

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Thank You! 

Ariel Rose Gariano came into my life on August 19, 1998. One of a set of twins she was already extraordinary from the moment she came into this world, but I couldn't in my wildest imagination begin to realise just how special, just how brave, just how inspiring my little girl has proven to be.

Ariel - her name means 'Lioness of God'. It's a name she would live up to within days of her birth. At the great age of 3 days Ariel was diagnosed with a laryngeal cleft, a rare airway birth defect in which her trachea and esophagus were not completely divided. Ariel would undergo multiple surgeries at two medical institutions, Children’s Hospital Oakland and Children’s Medical Center Cincinnati. We had been warned from the beginning that Ariel faced many challenges and the odds were stacked against her.
But Ariel is a fighter like few can imagine and she came out of her surgeries with amazing results. As she grew older we realized in spite of the multiple occassionas that she had been oxygen deprived while aspirating she was in tact and very much a normal little girl. We really began to believe we had escaped our worst nightmares as Ariel grew into a beautiful, healthy little girl.

 On October 26, 2007, however, the nightmares came back, only this time they were scarier than anything we had previously imagined.

Ariel was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, when a large tumor was found in her sinus cavity and was encroaching on her right eye.

She would endure a year of chemotherapy, radiation, multiple surgeries and in August of 2008 she was declared disease free.

Ariel has been cancer free for 30 months and she's blossomed into a lovely young lady. Smart, Funny, Compassionate, Fearess she is so full  of life it seems incomprehensible that we would be told the cancer appears to have returned.

We are beginning our next fight and we are clinging to our girl, her fighting spirit and are holding to our hearts the knowledge that nobody likes to defy the odds quite like Ariel.

She's been doing it since birth and hopefully she can do it again.

Latest Journal Update

Tell me this storm is Heavens regret

The news says the biggest storm the Bay Area has seen in years will hit tomorrow night. All I can think is how appropriate...let the Heavens weep, sob incessantly. 12/10/12 at 11:26 pm Ariel my love you became an angel and the world was robbed of a light, a sparkle, a fighter, a hero, one of the funniest, kindest, bravest people I have ever known. I was blessed (along with your twin) to know you the longest, to love you and feel you even before you drew your first breath. Now 2 yrs after you drew your last I want some way to touch you again, to sing to you, to feel the force of your life even if only through my own skin. I miss you daily, I feel like a part of me is missing, ripped away and at times I questioned if I could bear another day without you. So let the squall hit, let it rage. I've cried twice as much and while it floods outside tomorrow, it will be flooding inside here as all of us who loved and cherished you  we face the memories of what was truly the worst day of our lives. I hope my angel, it was a different day for you. That Dec 10th for you was the night you woke happier, healthier, in a place of magic and love. That your actions, your incessant kindness and love have been rewarded endlessly. That all you know now is warmth, comfort and love. I hope the storm is a sign of Heavens regret at taking you away too soon. That Heaven regrets taking someone so kind, gentle and good away from a planet that needs people like you so badly. If the rest of the news is any indication, your unconditional love,compassion and strength is needed in this world more than ever. Why you weren't allowed to stay, to teach, to lead by example...I'll never understand. Tomorrow as the skies rage, remember the little girl who never said 'why me'. Remember the sick child who worried more for the homeless than her own pain and discomfort, Who hugged her nurses after they poked her because she never wanted them to think they were unloved or unappreciated. Remember a blue eyed girl who in the moment of a lifetime, stood afraid on a field, not for embarrassing herself but at the thought of failing her Giants.  No matter how sick, no matter how dire her circumstances, she always thought of the person next to her.  We are so lacking that empathy in these dark days yet she performed it as natural as breathing.  Pour, rage, pound and weep floods with me Heaven, I'll never understand how you could take someone like her, someone so kind, so warm so damn soon, Tell me you regret it, tell me you know it was wrong, Tell me you wish you had spared her all that pain and regret robbing her of the life she wanted so badly. Highschool, college, a marriage, 2 children, Lily and Kevin. and a life serving the animals she would have fought to save, to protect, fearlessly. She was as majestic as the lions she loved and you can feel the hole she ripped in the world the night she had to leave it. Tell me you regret it....please. 
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Michelle Deehan
By Michelle Deehan
Thinking of you all today. Ariel sounds like such an exceptional and loving girl, she will never be forgotten. If only this world had more people like her what a better place we would be living in x
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Kim Duly
By Kim Duly
I'm so sorry this world lost the inspiration your beautiful daughter is. It is such an honor for me to Pray and be able to get to know her. I truly am saddened by all of this you have to go through. My Prayers continue for you. May God walk beside you everyday.
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