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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

A Christmas Promise

Twas the morning of Christmas, when all through the house

Tears slid down a mothers face as quiet as a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In heartbreaking knowledge one of her children was notthere.

Her other children were nestled asleep in their beds,

But the thought of another Christmas with her child missingfilled her with dread

The mother dabbed her eyes with another small sniff, afather stared at his lap and bit his lip

Painful dreams had kept them from their long Christmas Eve’snap and they both hurt so bad they felt they would snap.

Memories stirred of blue eyes & blonde hair, gigglinglittle girl chatter,

Of holidays long ago, memories filled with her love and herlaughter

Tears began to fall, first a trickle than began to splash,

And the hole in the Mothers heart still bled like a freshopen gash

The day moved on, the lights still glowed

Now seeming to mock the pain that stirred below.

When, behind my eyes almost blind with tears

I felt her kisses and knew again her cheer

In the beat of a heart, a flash of love so quick,

I knew in my heart this was no trick.

Her laughter, her love, her presence it came,

And I shivered and wept and whispered her name

"Ariel Rose my angel my light, please tell me

you’re safe, happy after such a terrible and painful fight

We miss you so much, and you’re not forgotten at all

Your stocking with your Christmas candy still hangs on thewall."

Filled with Honeydukes, bertie botts, chocolate frogs andall.

Till my last day, till my last breath our love was no lie,

You will remain a part of this family till the days that wedie.

And when the time comes, when our lives end are finally due,

we will have the joy, of finally being back together withyou.

Until that day, we will keep you alive here,

Forever in our hearts beloved and dear.

With stories and laughter and things that you love

In the hope that you know you’re still my Ariel

Never forgotten, just living above.

Merry Christmas my Angel Ariel– my heart, my dear

I can’t get through today without saying you are still here.

Not the same as before and certainly not how I’d wish

But you live in my heart, and I remember your laugh and yourkiss.

Merry Christmas my forever 14 – baby girl.

My Ariel Rose.

I love you


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9 Comentarios

Melissa Dedic
By Melissa Dedic
We will always remember Ariel. I was just thinking of her today and had to post a note. Sending you our love always! Maybe one of these days our families will meet.
Daniel Brown
By Dan Brown
This is truly wonderful. Every line a gem.
Karen Velasquez
By karen Velasquez, AKA TuTu
Red that was beautiful!! Love you!💔
Kim Duly
By Kim Duly
Still Praying for you always!
Judy Miller
By Judy
Joyce Nosker
By Joyce Nosker
Beautiful version of a terrible story. Thank you for sharing this.
Shannon Hadac
By Shannon Hadac
Absolutely beautiful! ❤️
Janet Robinson
Every day is a tough day, certain days harder than others. Such a heartfelt tribute. Prayers
Lynn Duncan
By Lynn Duncan, Fountain Valley, CA