On Tuesday October 11, 2011 Leanne (Chin) was diagnosed with breast cancer. This blog will follow her journey. It will share the peaks and valleys along the way. But it will also serve as a way to communicate prayer requests and praises. Join us as we partner with Chin and fight along side her for she "...can do all things through Christ who strengthens her." Phil. 4:13

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The meaning behind Chin ... There is a Chinese restaurant in the Twin Cities named Leann Chin. While Leanne was attending a basketball camp in middle school, a fellow camper had a bag from the restaurant. This camper made the connection between the name of the restaurant and Leanne's name. And the nickname Chin stuck!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scan Tomorrow

Leanne has a CT scan tomorrow morning at 7am. Please be praying for good results from the scan and for peace for Leanne as she has the scan tomorrow.

I will post the results as soon as we know something! Thanks for praying with us!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chemo #7, San Diego, and Good News!!

Thanks to a wonderful gift of an extremely generous TEAM CHIN member, Leanne and Ryan were able to get away for a long weekend in San Diego. And despite rearranged chemo schedules, sickness while in CA, and some chemo recovery time, Leanne and Ryan were able to enjoy every single minute of their time away. It was incredibly relaxing and refreshing. Just what they needed!!! Thanks to Auntie Aimee, Grandma, and Grammie, Leo was well taken care of! Thought you all might enjoy some pictures from their trip ...

   
   

And now on to today! Leanne had an appointment with Dr. Bloom before chemo today that was REALLY encouraging! Dr. Bloom said that things are looking really great! He could not feel anything on her liver (when she was in the hospital in January, her liver was enlarged) or on her neck where the lymph nodes are!!!! They are stopping one of the chemo drugs, which we knew would happen. It is being stopped because the toxicity of the drug outweighs the benefits of the medicine. They are looking at doing a blood transfusion soon because Leanne's hemoglobin levels continue to remain low. This will help her to have more energy. After that she will have another CT scan and Dr. Bloom think it will show "results we will be pleased with" What great news! We are feeling really thankful today! Ryan was able to go to chemo with Leanne. My mom's neighbor, Heather, watched Leo while Leanne had her appointment and Grammie watched him during chemo.

   

Please join us in continuing to pray for Leanne and Ryan. Here are some specifics:
  • Praise for good news today!!!
  • A safe and effective blood transfusion
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom as he makes treatment decisions and specifically to find a way for Leanne to continue getting treatment
  • Maximum effectiveness of the chemo
  • Minimal side effects of the chemo
  • God to prepare our hearts for what the results of the CT scan show
  • Strength and stamina for Ryan as he leads his family
  • Self control and obedience for Leo
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chemo #6

While Leanne's counts weren't the greatest today, she was still able to have chemo!!! Her blood counts were ok, but her platelet and hemoglobin levels were low. Leanne has an appointment with Dr. Bloom on April 10th to discuss the plan for the next steps in treatment.

Marsha was the lucky one to go to chemo with Leanne today!!

 

And Miss Claire got to spend part of the afternoon with her Auntie Lan!

   

Leanne and Ryan are heading on their vacation early tomorrow morning! Please keep lifting them up in prayer. Here are some specific requests:
  • Leanne to feel good and have energy on vacation
  • Wisdom on when to rest while they are gone
  • Appt with Dr. Bloom on 10th; God to prepare our hearts for whatever comes our way
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom as he makes treatment decisions and specifically to find a way for Leanne to continue getting treatment
  • Leanne's counts to recover and stay high
  • Maximum effectiveness of the chemo
  • A relaxing, refreshing, and healthy getaway for Leanne and Ryan
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

No chemo :(

Leanne's counts weren't high enough today and was not able to have chemo today. Her treatment is rescheduled for next Wednesday. This is not the best timing as Leanne and Ryan are going away for a long weekend in San Diego next week. But we do know that God's plan and timing are perfect and we will continue to trust Him.

Please join us in praying for:

  • Higher blood counts
  • Higher hemoglobin counts
  • Strength and endurance for Leanne, both physically and mentally
  • Continued trust in God's timing and plan
  • Strength for Ryan as he leads his family
  • Good restful sleep for Leanne, Ryan, and Leo
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chemo #5

Leanne had good counts today and was able to have chemo! My mom went with her today. She enjoyed a foot massage during chemo. How wonderful!!
   

 She met with one of Dr. Bloom's nurse practitioners today and she said she could barely feel any of the lymph nodes on Leanne's neck!!! She did mention that Leanne's hemoglobin levels are steadily declining and will contribute to the fatigue she is feeling. Please keep praying! Here are some specific requests:

  • Leanne's platelet count to stay at 100 or above
  • Leanne's hemoglobin levels to stay stead
  • Good, restful sleep for Leanne, Ryan, and Leo
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom as he makes decisions about meds
  • Maximum effectiveness of the chemo meds for Leanne
  • Minimal side effects from the chemo
  • Strength for Ryan as he leads his family
  • Strength for Leanne as she continues to fight
  • Stamina for Ryan as he balances work, taking care of his family, and taking care of himself
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Chemo #4

Praise the Lord!! Leanne's counts were high enough to have chemo today!!!!!!! She had an appointment with Katie, one of Dr. Bloom's nurse practitioner's, before chemo. Katie said the lymph node in her neck is continuing to get smaller!!!! They also decided to lower the dosage of one of the chemo meds because the toxicity of the chemo outweighs the benefits. While Ryan went to chemo with Leanne, they didn't get a picture together. And we were the lucky ones who were able to Face Time with Leanne.

   

Thanks so much to all who prayed for high counts today!! Please keep praying specifically for:
  • Health and energy to fill the Miller household
  • Good, restful sleep for Leanne, Ryan, and Leo
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom as he makes decisions about meds
  • Correct dosages for pain meds to be figured out
  • Maximum effectiveness of the chemo meds for Leanne
  • Minimal side effects from the chemo
  • Strength for Ryan as he leads his family
  • Strength for Leanne as she continues to fight
  • Stamina for Ryan as he balances work, taking care of his family, and taking care of himself
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

No chemo today

Due to low counts, Leanne was not able to have chemo today. Please keep lifting Leanne, Ryan, Leo and Fran up in prayer. Please continue to pray for:
  • Leo's cough to go away soon
  • Health for Fran, she has a sinus infection
  • Unexplainable strength and stamina for Leanne
  • Protection from sickness for Leanne 
  • High counts for Leanne at chemo next week
  • Freedom from anxiety for the Miller's and White's
  • Restful sleep for the Leanne, Ryan, Leo and Fran
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pray!

With winter, comes lots of sickness. And that sickness has found its way in to the White and Miller households. Will you please join us in praying for:

  • Leo's fever to lower and that his cough would go away soon
  • Health for Fran, she has had a fever and cough for the past few days
  • Unexplainable strength and stamina for Leanne
  • Protection from sickness for Leanne 
  • High counts for Leanne
  • Freedom from anxiety for the Miller's and White's
  • Restful sleep for the Leanne, Ryan, Leo and Fran
Thanks for praying!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chemo #3

Yes, it seems like I skipped a week of chemo, but I didn't. Leanne's first round of chemo was when she was in the hospital, so her last treatment was actually her second one.

Anyways ... Leanne had an appointment with Dr. Bloom yesterday to check on how things are going. She got some good news! When she had her scan in the hospital a few weeks ago the cancerous lymph nodes in her neck were the size of peanut M&M's and yesterday they were the size of M&M mini's!!! And that is just from two chemo treatments! Dr. Bloom will monitor the meds being given very closely because they don't want one of the chemo meds to become too toxic for Leanne's body. But we are thankful it is working so well!!!

Leanne went to chemo with Sheri today! She is Leanne's Mentor Mom from Mom's Connect. (which is similar to MOPS) Sadly, she didn't get a pic though. Carmen got to spend the afternoon with Leo! And Leanne got to Face Time with this little lady.

 

Please keep praying for us! Please pray specifically for:

  • Health and energy to fill the Miller household
  • Good, restful sleep for Leanne, Ryan, and Leo
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom as he makes decisions about meds
  • Correct dosages for pain meds to be figured out
  • Maximum effectiveness of the chemo meds for Leanne
  • Minimal side effects from the chemo
  • Strength for Ryan as he leads his family
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chemo #1 ... again

Well, here we are again.

Back to chemo posts. Not something we had planned. But, thankfully, none of this is a surprise to God. He knew this would be happening long before Leanne was born. And I am thankful for the peace that brings.

Not that chemo can be fun, but Leanne had some fun visitors today! Her friend, Brandi, who is also battling breast cancer, stopped by with her sister, Ashley.

   

Ryan's boss said he could have every Thursday afternoon off so he could go to chemo with Leanne. What a gift!!!!!

   

My dad also stopped by, but we didn't get a picture of his visit. And Leanne go to FaceTime with this little cutie today!

   

Leanne will have chemo two weeks on and one week off. She also met with Dr. Bloom's nurse practitioner today. Her hemoglobin levels are low and that is a reason she is so tired.

Thanks for praying with us! Here are some more requests:

  • Strength for Leanne as she continues to fight
  • Stamina for Ryan as he balances work, taking care of his family, and taking care of himself
  • Comfort for Leo as he is cared for by people other than Leanne and Ryan
  • Maximum effectiveness of the chemo
  • Minimum side effects for Leanne
  • Praise! Leanne has had good sleep the past two nights and her pain is under control!
  • Good sleep for Leanne and Ryan
Thank you to everyone who is signing up to bring meals on the Care Calendar! If you want another way to help bring meals, but live far away, check out Dining In. It is a website that allows you to buy a gift card so Leanne and Ryan can order meals from some of their favorite local restaurants. Check it out!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

More info

Here is what we know so far:

The spot on Leanne's liver has grown. While the shingles was causing her pain, the extreme pain she was in was most likely from the cancer growing.

She started new chemo meds today. She hasn't had either of these meds before so other than fatigue, we are not sure what the side effects will be. Once we know how these meds will affect Leanne, we will most likely be posting more needs on the Care Calendar.

We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, support, and prayers over the past two days. THANK YOU! Leanne has such a peace which can only come from your interceding for peace on her behalf. While there will be many ways to help in the upcoming weeks and months, we ask that, for right now, you continue to pray with us. Please pray specifically for:

  • Continued peace for Leanne and Ryan
  • Stamina for Leanne as she continues to battle cancer
  • Strength for Ryan as he leads his family
  • Comfort for Leo when he is in the care of others
  • Restful sleep for Leanne
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom
  • Maximum effectiveness of the chemo meds
  • Minimum side effects
  • Relief from the pain for Leanne
  • Leanne's pain to be completely under control with meds in pill form so she can go home soon
While this journey continues to be longer than any of us wish it would be, we cling to God's promise that when we trust in Him our strength will be renewed. No matter what comes our way.

"But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 HCSB

If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Results

We got the results from the CAT scan this morning and they showed that the cancer in her liver is growing. They are going to start a new chemo drug today. We will know more once Leanne meets with Dr. Bloom.

We will keep you updated once we know more. Please keep praying for relief from the pain and for rest and peace for Leanne.

Thanks for your partnership. We appreciate it more than we can say.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another hospital stay

Wanted to let you know Leanne is back in the hospital due to the extreme pain. She had some lab work done today and everything came back clear. She also had a CAT scan and we are waiting for the results of the scan. We should know more in the morning.

Please keep praying for:

  • Relief from the pain for Leanne
  • Wisdom for the Dr.'s and that they are able to figure out a pain management plan
  • Rest for Leanne and Ryan

Monday, January 20, 2014

Meals on the Care Calendar

Want to help again?

There is this amazing website called Care Calendar and it is a way to organize help for a loved one who needs it. So here is the link to the calendar we have set up for Leanne, Ryan, and Leo:

http://carecalendar.org/logon/98734

When you get to the site, please use the following information to log in to their calendar:

    CALENDAR ID:   98734
    SECURITY CODE :   8797

Right now we are only asking for help in bringing dinner to Leanne and Ryan. Per the recommendation of a nutritionist, 
Leanne and Ryan are working hard to eat a plant based diet. This means they are trying to eat LOTS of fruit, vegetables (green, leafy veggies are best), and lean proteins. They are trying to avoid white carbohydrates (whole wheat pasta is ok), red meat, lunch meat, and sugars. They are kindly declining desserts at this time. If you wish to bring a treat of some sort, please bring fruit. Thanks for your willingness to accommodate to their needs!

When you get to the calendar, you can click on a particular date you would like to help bring dinner. Then you will be asked to fill in some information. After entering your information, please scroll down and click Sign Up. Then, your name will show up on the calendar to let others know this need has been filled. You will also receive an email as a reminder that you signed up to help.

If you live far away, but would like to help here are some suggestions:

  • Gift cards to Target to purchase groceries, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Gift cards to grocery stores in the area: Cub Foods, Wal Mart, and Rainbow Foods
  • Continue to pray!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Prayer please!

Since being diagnosed with shingles, Leanne has been in significant pain. It is affecting almost everything she does, but is having the biggest affect on her sleep.

Will you please pray for:

  • Complete relief from pain for Leanne
  • Good, restful sleep every night for Leanne
  • Strength for Ryan and Leo as they take care of Leanne
  • Peace and strength for Leanne as she faces the pain
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Unfortunately, Leanne's Christmas has been pretty eventful. On Christmas Day, she was having a lot of back pain and some digestive issues. They headed back from Ryan's families house and Leanne went to see Dr. Bloom the next morning for some blood work and to get some fluids. The blood work showed that she has shingles ... YUCK. She was put on an antibiotic and given some meds for the pain. While her digestive issues have cleared up, she is still in significant pain at times.

Will you please pray for relief from the pain for Leanne and the shingles to go away completely. Thanks for partnering with us!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Update and A New Member

Leanne's mouth sores were worse on Friday so she called the oncologist to ask what else they could do.  She has "magic mouthwash" and has been doing other rinses and still was not feeling any relief.  Eating and drinking were getting harder.  Dr. Bloom decided on Friday to hold Leanne's one medicine for at least a week in order to let her mouth heal.  She was pretty frustrated about this but Dr. Bloom said it was pretty common and not a big deal.  He said it does not mean the medicine isn't working, it is just the thing about this medicine.  He also prescribed some pain medicine to help her feel better and eat and drink easier.  All of that said, Saturday was a tough day.  Leanne took pain medicine because she needed it but due to not eating and drinking a whole lot, it made her very nauseous.  Please pray that the mouth sores heal quickly and we find a balance of pain medicine that does not make her sick.

On a much lighter note, Team Chin gained a sweet, new member on Tuesday.

Claire Leanne Euken was born to Katie (Leanne's older sister and the blog's usual author) and Bret.  She weighed in at 6 lb 13 oz.  Mom, dad, Claire, and big sister Mollie are all doing wonderful! 

 The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy!
Psalm 126:3

If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Prayer!

Leanne has a specific prayer request that she would like to share with everyone. One of the side effects of the medicines she is on is severe mouth sores. She has several right now and would like you all to pray for relief from them.

Thanks for being such wonderful, willing prayer partners with us!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2 steps forward, 1 step back

I have nothing to compare this cancer journey to, but it sure feels like every time we are moving ahead, we take a step backwards.

Leanne's appointment with Dr. Bloom today showed some new cancer spots. The cancer that was previously in her lymph nodes is growing and there is cancer in another lymph node as well as a new spot on her liver.

Due to the results of this scan, Dr. Bloom has decided to turn Leanne's ovaries off again to stop estrogen from being produced in her body. She is also starting two new, oral medicines on Thursday. One will block the cancer cells from producing estrogen to feed on and one is a new type of chemo medicine. There is a high probability of some nasty side effects of the medicines, so we will covet your prayers against those side effects.

We also learned that the reconstruction process is on hold for now.

Leanne will meet with Dr. Bloom again in January and will have another scan in February.

Here is where we need you. Please join with us in prayer for:

  • Peace for Leanne, Ryan, and their families 
  • Contentment for Leanne 
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom as he makes treatment decisions for Leanne
  • Strength for Ryan as he leads his family
  • God to continue to reveal Himself and His plan to Leanne
  • God to continue to equip Leanne for the road He is calling her to walk down
  • Against loneliness for Leanne
  • Minimal side effects from the new medicines
As I sit here tonight and write this, it is easy to be tempted to think of all I/we should do and how to shoulder this burden. But, I am reminded of Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Never once in God's Word does He command us to rely on ourselves and shoulder the burdens of this life on our own. Instead, He promises us that if we lay our burdens at His feet He will give us rest. We are to take up His yoke and find rest because He already paid the price and overcame any burden this world will throw our way. God is big enough to handle this. I am praying we are reminded often to take this specific burden to God and lay it down before Him and to experience His peace and rest in return.

If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thankful!


 After spending a week together, we have much to be thankful for! Thankful for the peace and comfort that we can only find in God.

Leanne has a scan tomorrow (December 2nd) and then an appointment with Dr. Bloom on Tuesday December 3rd.

Please be praying for us over the next few days. Some specifics:

  • Peace for Leanne, Ryan, and their families
  • Clear results from the scan on Monday
  • Leanne to be free from aches and pains (she has been having some back pain lately)
  • God's wisdom and guidance for Dr. Bloom