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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

Inspiration or blasphemy....however you which to view it. I just miss her.

My Ariel Rose

Who 'art in Heaven

How I miss your name

The day will come

When we'll be one

 If not on Earth

than hopefully, in Heaven


I long for that day

In my heart till then you stay

And I pray as the days are passing


I pray the Lord
will forgive me my trespasses

and keep me from temptation

and help me shy from evil


Lest I miss you in the kingdom

I so long to see you again

Our family together without end

For Ever and Ever

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13 Comentarios

Nancy Tallman
By Nancy Tallman
Beautiful! God holds your tears in His hand.
Joyce Nosker
By Joyce Nosker
Stunningly beautiful.
Kimi W
By Kimi W
Beautiful as Ariel. God bless you and keep you.
Tris Rhoads
By Tris Rhoads
I remember all the Ariel is Brave signs... I would like to say.... Ariel's Mom is brave!!.. She would want it that way and I know it.. I didn't even know her, but I got to know her sweet brave soul..
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Beverly Reed
By Beverly Reed
Gracious God,

We thank you for teaching us to pray through Jesus' Model Prayer. We thank you that we can internalize it and make it personal to our own lives. We thank you that you want to hear from us and that you use prayer to speak to us, to know you, and to lead us in the decisions you want us to make. We thank you most for sending your only child to die for us and forgiveness of the evil in our lives. Because you died and defeated death through the resurrection, we too can defeat death and evil and will have eternal life with you. Thank you for loving us SO much, and for providing eternity in your presence. We thank you that we will be reunited with our loved ones and all those saints who have gone before. Yet while we long for that day, we ask you to take all that we are, all that we have, and all that you want us to be and use it for your glory today. Even in our grief, we pray you will use us to love and care for someone else today. b
Annie Ashkenazi
By Annie Ashkenazi
Sending Love and prayers for comfort...
marilyn bergagnini
By marilyn bergagnini
Thinking of you mom and your family and of Ariel too....God bless and hugs and loves.... Love you prayer too..
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Maryann Vesnaver
By Maryann Ciccone Vesnaver
Dear Crystal, 15 years have passed, since the death of our son. It may be the must difficult thing to deal with. Time will, help, but in all these years, there are days, filled with sorrow, that drain my heart and soul. In time the good days out number the bad. Hold on to your faith, it really helps.
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ally thompson
By ally thompson
such a beautiful poem. (((hugs)))
Eileen Farley
By Eileen Farley- Home Teacher
Very touching. Ariel touched the hearts of so many people. She was an incredible young lady. I think of her each time I see a homeless person standing near a freeway offramp. I carry change and small bills in her memory.
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