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.

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.





Cristia Sullens signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

Thank you Monica, It was such a pleasure to meet Gizabella, Agatha and Daisy too.  They add a very nice dimension to your family.  We also pray to Lydia as she continues ... Read more

Judy Fairley signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

The Fairley family from Mexico Mo. hope you have a wonderful Christmas and new year!!! Read more

Monica Miyashita posted a new journal entry, "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!".

Twas a few days before Christmas and all through this old house, lots of things were stirring, except thankfully, NOT A MOUSE! Max, now age 8 and a Santa Claus skeptic, ... Read more

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Laura Vigneau signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

Monica, my daughters and I often speak of your Lydia.  I will never understand how I got so lucky, as my daughter Lydia (also adopted from China) will celebrate ten years ... Read more

Karen Herman signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

Prayed for you for years, still do.  I think of Lydia and the lessons she taught us often (and now Teresa) when I enjoy my two beautiful blessings from ... Read more

meryl rose signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

Monica,Your grace, obviously so abundant having known and loved your Lydia, inspires me. I was selfishly hoping for an Read more

Laura Ward signed Lydia 's Guestbook.

Thinking of you Monica & your family.  Happy Birthday to Lydia in Heaven!  Wishing you all peace & happy memories at this time. Read more

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