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My 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.


Beverly Reed signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Dear Sweet Friends,We will continue to pray for all of you as you continue your journey through grief.  Since I recently retired, and my email has changed, I wanted to ... Read more

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              ✞ HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS ✞ Hugs from our family to yours.  Know that we continue to surround you all in prayers."May the Lord bless you and ... Read more

Joyce Nosker signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

I know that Christmas and other holidays/any day will never be the same again.  Praying that a glimmer of Christmas will spark in your family very soon.  Praying that a ... Read more

a. junkins signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

RISE UP SLOWLY, ANGELRise Up Slowly, Angel,I cannot let you go.Just drift softly 'midst the faces,In sorrow, now bent low.Ease the searing anger,Born in harsh, unyielding ... Read more

Sarah Putney signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Thinking of you Crystal and your family. So sorry that you are going through this.                                    Love, Sarah Read more

Sarah DiGerolamo signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

Crystal,I fully understand and feel the same way as you. There are no presents under the tree yet, and none of us are ready for the holiday. Christmas, as it is for you, ... Read more

Eileen Farley, the ' home teacher" signed Ariel Rose's Guestbook.

The tears still come  every time I think of Ari. She was truly an angel. I cherish the memories. Ari would want us to be happy, to celebrate Christmas, even though it ... Read more

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