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Gabrielle’s Story

On June 25, 2007, at the age of eight, Gabby was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is considered a rare cancer that develops from nerve cells found in several areas of the body. Neuroblastoma most commonly arises in and around the adrenal glands, which have similar origins to nerve cells and sit atop the kidneys. The tumor extended throughout her abdomen and was wrapped around the aorta artery.

In November of 2007, after five rounds of chemo, Gabby was taken to Sloan Kettering in New York to remove the tumor by a surgeon who specialized in this very difficult surgery. After a ten hour surgery, the tumor was removed. Gabby returned to New Orleans and received another round of chemo. In January 2008, Gabby developed a complication from the surgery that left her impatient at Children's Hospital for over two months. After recovering, she returned to Sloan-Kettering to receive additional chemo and radiation to the entire abdomen. After this treatment, she was clear of disease.

In November of 2008, Gabby relapsed. She received a round of chemo in New Orleans and then returned to New York for another difficult surgery. Prior to surgery, scans revealed that the tumor grew beyond the original relapsed size. She received two more rounds of high dose chemo. At this point Gabby's bone marrow was weak  and not recovering. The only chance gabby had to be cancer free was to undergo another major abdominal surgery, but with low platelet count,  the surgery was impossible. After a lot of prayers, God put his hand on Gabby and Dr. Laquglia preformed the surgery. After a 6 hour surgery, Dr Laquaglia removed all he could see. After a six month stay in New York, we returned home. One month later, scans revealed a relapse, this time in her pancreas. Since her bone marrow was weak she underwent a treatment at MD Anderson that was not dependent on a strong bone marrow. On March 28, 2010, Gabby went home to Jesus.  We love and miss her very much.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Liz Chiasson

Dear Family and Friends,

Tomorrow, It will be seven years since our sweet angel returned to her heavenly home.  It has been a while since I have updated. Mainly, because I just did not have the words or I just needed to get myself or our family through the day, so I decided to do an update one day early. 

Gabby continues to be a wonderful part of our lives.  Words can not express how much we miss her and love her.  She was always such a silly character and occasionally, things continue to happen that lets us know that she is around.  Once when Gabby and I were in Houston renting a car, Gabby picked out an electric blue car.  I was mortified to drive it around, but since Gabby liked it, I agreed.  Once in the car, I noticed the model of the car was Journey, so it became special to Gabby and I. We laughed about the color the entire time we had it.  The other day, Mo pulls up in this electric blue company car.  I thought, are you kidding me.  Mo got out of the car and said that he really likes the little car and wants to buy it from the owner.  I just had to look up at Gabby and laugh.

Sophia and Lexi are teenagers: Sophia 17 and Lexi 15.  Gabby use to say TEENAGERS in a very scary voice.  The girls are doing good, but the impact of losing Gabby has been difficult for them.  They so love her!  They love snuggling with their beloved Rex and new comer Roxie, who is another "meant to be" (long story) orchestrated by Gabby.

Mo and I continue to do the best we can.  We look up to God for strength and guidance.

I hope all of you are well.  Thank you for continuing to walk with us.

Much love and prayers to our old friends and for all those struggling with life's difficulties.

God Bless,

The Chiasson Family

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Carol Koster, Mandeville LA | Mar 24, 2016
Your daughter Gabby was prayed for, in memorial, the Wednesday prior to Palm Sunday and the Wednesday before March 28, 2016, by the Jesuit High School Mothers Rosary Group (our son graduated from there in 2015, and I'm still a member of the group).  Your daughter, your family, are evangelizers.  I hope this Holy Week and Easter season your family continues to be blessed by God and Gabby's spirit in your hearts.  
Dena Hall Keep'(Fully Relying On God) | Sep 11, 2014

Happy Sweet 16! I am truly humbledright now and so inspired by you because if you can still think life is goodafter all you’re going through, then the next time I am having a hard time youwill be my ^^ Little Angel^^ on my shoulder to help me keep on going! Lots oflove from a chilly Iowa. My daughter pointed out how funny it is that in thewinter when it gets to be in the upper 50's&60's we want to put our shortson, but after summer we're freezin' our buns of and need a jacket. :O) takecare and God Bless!

Dear Heavenly Father, than you for blessing my life withthis family. I pray things will always go well with them and they will feel youand our ^^Little Angel^^ by their sides when they are not. In Jesus’ name, Amen

C.O.L.E. (caring openly,loving eternally) Prayer Team

Dena Hall <><

Carol Koster, Mandeville LA | Mar 19, 2014
Today, March 19, 2014, is the Feast Day of St. Joseph.  Just stopping in on this special Saint's day to wish the Chiasson family my prayers and well-wishes in memory of Gabby.  Those of us who closely followed Gabby's progress through your Caring journal and your family's spiritual journey were forever evangelized by it.  As the fourth anniversary of Gabby accompanying Jesus Home March 28, 2010, Palm Sunday that year, approaches soon may we use this Lenten season and the beauty of springtime to remember with joy your dear daughter's memory.  Gabby and your family touched our hearts and enkindled in us a renewed religious faith.  That is her living legacy, in fact it is a living challenge to us all to unite to Our Lord Jesus in all things, He is never far away.  God bless your family.  May St. Joseph intercede for you, Amen.
Cindy Terrio | Aug 11, 2007
Hi Liz!

I know you haven't written anything in the journal yet, but I thought I'd write to YOU. It was so nice to finally meet you in person Thursday at Childrens. Gabby is so sweet and beautiful! Keep putting all of your trust and faith in God, and everything will be alright!


Call me any time, day or night, for anything!

God bless you,