Ariana Breeden: Growing Up is Hard to Do

- AMARILLO --  Imagine getting a shot six nights week for the next ten years.  That's a reality for four-year old Ariana Breeden.

"I have to close my eyes," she says.  "I don't even cry when I get my shot."

Ariana might be four but she's wearing clothes fit for a two-year old.  She's brave but small. 

That's what the injections are for.  "Ariana was born normal size", says her dad, Jacob Breenden.  "She was a little under seven pounds".

When Ariana was two, her parents started to notice she wasn't growing.  Ariana's mother says, "that's when her growth slowed, it almost seemed on her growth curve like, she kind of flattened out."

It took several blood tests and MRI's to get a diagnosis.  Doctors told Jacob and Rhoda, Ariana suffered from pituitary dwarfism.  Test showed her posterior pituitary is in the wrong place while the front part of the pituitary is underdeveloped.

It is treatable with growth hormone injections.  Rhoda calls it "a good diagnosis for the problem we have and its easy to fix." 

Easy but time consuming.  Ariana will get those injections six-days a week until her growth plates fuse.

The Breedens have the time but money would have been a problem if they didn't get help from Children's Miracle Network.

"Anything our insurance didn't cover or anything that is out of pocket for us, they covered everything," says Rhoda.

Mounting medical bills are not a issue for the Breedens thanks to CMN.  Now all they have to worry about is watching Ariana grow up.

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