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Lydia ’s 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.




Latest Journal Update

Becoming Catholic

Becoming Catholic

So, I have kind of a big announcement.  At least it is a big announcement from my perspective. From your perspective, it may be and probably is, inconsequential. 

The big news:  I am becoming Catholic.

Shock. Awe.  Surprise!

Actually, I do have a few good reasons for making the announcement, and not just keeping it private.

First, nothing much in life is private anymore.  With the advent of social media, we are all pretty much "in" each others lives.  I even know what many of you on Facebook ate for dinner, which was something that used to be a closely guarded secret.  I'm guessing you'd hear about this news through the grapevine anyway, and I'd like to be the one that tells you about my decision instead of finding it out and speculating as to the "why".  

Another reason I am telling people in this rather public fashion is that maybe I can reach people who are struggling with their faith or struggling spiritually, and in some way help others on their faith journey.  Maybe you don't become Catholic but at least you know change is ok, and it can be a good thing to go where you heart and mind lead you, or where God calls you, as in my case.

Finally, and most important, I am telling people the good news because hey, when you've found a great healing remedy for the spirit, why hide it under a bushel.  In other words, as the song goes, "this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine".  

So as to the "why", I guess I will start by saying that this blog is an attempt to document my journey to becoming Catholic.  The why's, the how's, the when's....basically, a chance to see what it is like to go through the process and to witness someone's faith journey.  Thus, I intend to make this blog a journal of sorts, discussing issues and my perspective as I wind my way through the RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.   

I have come to this decision after much deliberation, thought, reading and analysis. If you know me, you know that to be a true statement.  Of course, I have studied the teachings of the Church for years as a student and academic, but it is only since Lydia was sick, that I first really embarked on this journey.  I have read and re-read all the great Catholic theologians such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Anselm, and I have done much reading and listening to Catholic Apologists explaining the doctrines of the church.

The thing I truly have come to love about Catholicism is that I don't have to check my intellect at the door to become a Catholic.  Great theologians have wrestled with the Scriptures for generations, after having studied Plato, Aristotle and other Greek philosophers.  These theologians analyze the Scriptures based on logic and reason, which is a huge part of the appeal to me of Catholicism.  Every text is analyzed for its historical context, and doctrines are substantiated by logical syllogisms.  

Additionally, the Catholic Church is steeped in history and tradition.  Each day has the history of a Saint attached to it, and learning about what that particular Saint did, is a window into the formation of the faith and Church and a testament to the good works that many have done over the centuries.  Today is St. Monica's Day, and through the history of St. Monica, we learn about her son St. Augustine, and the fact his mother, Monica, prayed fervently for his conversion to Christianity, giving Christianity perhaps its greatest theologian.  

Now, I can imagine some people will be "turned off" by this decision.  That's OK.  You're prerogative to disagree, even to look away.  But, I hope that you will be open-minded and can look at it, if nothing else, as a means of me finally being able to make peace between the rational part of my brain and the faith part of my heart and spirit.

So, I hope you will join me on this faith journey of learning and discovery.  

You can follow along by going to my blog:  A Life of Quiet Examination, which can be found at:

Peace be with you,
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8 Comentarios

Kent Kei
By Paige
I don't know you, but have been following your Caring Bridge postings since Lydia became ill. (I am an adoptive mom myself.) I have even prayed more than one rosary for you over the years! I wasn't surprised at all to read that you were becoming Catholic. I am so thankful that you have shared your decision with us, and I look forward to reading your blog as you continue on this journey.
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Deb Smith
By Deb Smith
Hi Monica, I was raised Catholic and went to St. Agnes through grade school. You've inspired me to open some of the dust covered books I have on the saints and other church topics. Being a cradle Catholic, it's easy to take so much of my religion for granted. I look forward to reading your amazing faith filled journey.
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Cindy Culpepper
Happy St. Monica's Day! I know your decision follows a long look and thoughtful prayer, and it sounds like your faith has already given you a peaceful place. It will grow stronger as you nurture and study this spiritual journey, and thank you for inviting us all to follow along. Still thinking of Lydia & her family (I still have the dress-up outfits you sent Olivia, they are precious reminders of our girls).
Sending Love, Cindy C
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Beth Weller
By Beth in Dallas
Monica - thanks for sharing. For a lot of the same reasons, I became an Episcopalian.
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Maver Fitch
By Maver Fitch
Hi, Monica, and congratulations as you begin your journey! Are Mark and the kids going with you?
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Sarah Gouzoules
By Sarah Gouzoules
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Mark Norton
By Mark Norton
Welcome. Stephanie and I started this process 4 years ago, after much thought, deliberation, and prayer. I hope that it will be as rewarding, eye-opening, and spiritually challenging as it was for us.
Prayers with you! Hope to talk more about your journey soon!
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Paul Crilly
Monica I am very pleased for you, I happen to be Catholic and probably could use your words to find more of the religious part of my faith. I've always said that My wife has the religion and I have the faith, I firmly believe in Jesus Christ and no that with out my faith I couldn't have become who I am today !!
I am so pleased for you because faith gives peace and we all need peace.
I went to Catholic grade school and some of High school. attended St Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Thank you for this wonderful post and news ! I will work at being an even better catholic after reading this.

You may contact me any time my cell phone is 714-869-8294. I,m sure you have my e-mail address .
Best wishes always, I think of Lydia often.
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