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My Story

Lydia "Liddy" Miyashita was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia) in August 2008. She endured 2 rounds of induction chemo, but relapsed during a 3rd round of chemo. She earned her angel wings on February 24, 2009. Lydia's Hope was founded in March 2009.  http://www.lydiascancerhope.com.

My name is Lydia Li-mei Eiko Miyashita. I am 5 years old, and my birthday is July 3. I was born in Guangdong Province China and was adopted at age 1 by my parents Mark and Monica Miyashita. I have one brother, Maxwell ("Max") age 3, who was born in South Korea. I have a very international family as my Papa was born and grew up in Tokyo Japan. My Mama is the boring one of the family: she was born in Elyria Ohio and is part Buckeye, part Mountaineer.

I live in Orrville, Ohio, and go to Trinity United Methodist Church. I sure know and love Jesus and know that he is watching over me all the time. I love my cats, Sherlock, Agatha, and Daisy; my bicycle; my playhouse; going to Disneyworld; playing princess with my friends Samantha and Lyla; and going to Ring and Sing at Lakeside with my friend Madelyn and my brother Max. Someday I hope to go to London and Paris with my mom.

In August 2008, I was diagnosed with a pernicious and deadly form of cancer called AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). I did not achieve remission until after my second induction therapy, and then relapsed during my third round of chemotherapy. Dr. Li, one of my oncologists, found my birthparents and family in China, but because I was never able to achieve remission after my relapse, I never made it to my bone marrow transplant. My parents and grandparents took my to Florida to spend the last precious days of my life, where I danced, played, and swam with my brother Max and went to Disneyworld. I became an Angel on February 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm, and am now dancing in heaven with my godsister Hannah. If you check out the brightest star in the constellation Andromeda, you will see our star: the HannahLiddy star. Hannah and I are now watching over all children in need, as well as our families.

Love,

Lydia

***ALL JOURNAL ENTRIES CONTAINED HEREIN ARE COPYRIGHTED TO MONICA L. MIYASHITA, ESQ. (EXCLUDES GUESTBOOK)

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Monica Miyashita posted a new journal entry, "The Great Adventure".

It seems hard to believe that ten years ago today we were in China awaiting Lydia's arrival at the White Swan Hotel the next day.  We were so anxious and nervous about ... Read more

Claudia Huisman, The Netherlands signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

left a comment over here yesterday Monica, but can't see it. So, here's my next attempt. Such a beautifully written and inspirational post this one is. You are a wise ... Read more

Cindy Culpepper signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

Hugs and prayers from Olivia's mom.  I don't know if angelversaries get easier; maybe they just change but are still heart dropping days.  Thinking of you, Read more

Debbie Dunlap signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today especially Monica. I'm so thankful I had the pleasure to know Lydia, even for that short time! I know I've said ... Read more

Pat Porter signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

Hugs to you and your family today, Monica. As I read what Lydia's successes were in such a short life, I realized that some people don't accomplish such success in even a ... Read more

Kelly signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

Beautiful Monica.  I treasure our friendship and times together both before kids and with kids. Read more

Judy Hostetler signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

Beautiful words from a beautiful person...remembering Lydia and her effervescence for life.  Hugs to you, Mark and the kiddos! Read more

Monica Miyashita posted a new journal entry, "The Three I's".

It is hard to believe that it has been 5 years since Lydia earned her angel wings.  Five years ago seems a short time ago, a long time ago, and a lifetime ago...all at ... Read more

Paul Crilly signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

What a beautiful note ! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to all of you. Tell Mark I just love that Smuckers Jelly. We got our Christmas gift early about 7 days ... Read more

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