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, October 25, 2011


I know I can speak for Leanne and Ryan on this one. They have felt so supported, encouraged, loved, and lifted up in prayer in the past two weeks.

Our cousin, Jen, and her volleyball team were playing for a CURE this past week. 

Leanne is back in Fergus Falls until  next Tuesday, November 1st. Please pray for:
  •  Rest for Leanne
  • Health for Leanne; that while her immune system is low she would not get sick
  • A continued trust in God's plan for Ryan, Leanne, and Grover

Friday, October 21, 2011

praises, wigs, & grover

Leanne had an MRI this past Wednesday and she got the results today that the cancer has not spread at all! Praise the Lord! Thanks for your prayers!
On another note, Leanne, Fran, and Katie went shopping for a wig on Thursday. It was hard, but needed to be done. The ladies at DK International were fantastic! Michelle, Leanne's wig lady (for lack of a better name), was awesome. She was really helpful and had lots of encouraging information to share. Here are a few snapshots of ones that Leanne decided NOT to get ...

The Danielle:
The Grandma :

You will just have to wait and see which one she actually got!

**Just so you know, Leanne and Ryan are not actually going to name their little boy Grover. It is just a nickname :) While visiting this summer, Leanne was reading her niece the book Goodnight Grover before she went to bed and thus the nickname Grover was born!**

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Chemo treatment #1: done

Leanne, Ryan, and Fran left early this morning for an appointment with Dr. Bloom. They learned that Leanne will have 4 chemo treatments (3 weeks apart) before she has surgery. Then we will wait with eager anticipation for Grover to make his entrance into this world!

Chemo treatments are scheduled for:
  • November 8
  • November 29
  • December 20
Please pray that:
  • Leanne would feel healthy and strong in the days following her chemo
  • Leanne would be able to rest
  • Grover would continue to grow
  • Leanne and Ryan would trust God's plan for their lives

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011


    It will be a big day. Leanne and Ryan will meet with the oncologist, Dr. Bloom, in the morning. They will get more information about the full details of Leanne's plan for treatment. She will most likely have her first chemo treatment tomorrow.

    Please pray for Leanne and Ryan. Pray for:
    • Wisdom for the doctors as they make decisions about treatment plans
    • Effective communication between the medical team and Leanne & Ryan
    • Strength for Leanne as she has her first chemo treatment
    • Peace for Leanne and Ryan
    • Safety for baby boy Miller
    Thanks in advance for your partnership in prayer.

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    it's a


    Leanne and Ryan had their ultrasound today and found out they are going to have a little boy!!!! They could not be more excited!!

    Please pray for:
    •  Their sweet baby boy to continue to grow healthy and strong
    • Healthy pregnancy for Leanne
    • Peace for Leanne and Ryan
    • For Leanne and Ryan to continue to trust God's plan

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    let's start

    at the very beginning ... (written by Leanne)

    God created the heavens and the earth. . . ok ok I know that is not what you are looking for. . . I will try again. . . At the very beginning. . . it was a cyst.  Two doctors confirmed it and I felt confident in their diagnosis.  They told me to just watch it and let them know if it ever changed or grew.  That was March 2011.  Fast forward to June, Ryan and I get pregnant.  I continue to watch the cyst and it does not change over the summer.  Mid-September I notice that the cyst has grown and is starting to hurt.  I call the clinic and they advise me to wait until my appointment the next week.  At the appointment (September 27) the doctor decides she wants an ultrasound of the cyst. September 29th: I have the ultrasound done and get a call the next day saying they want me to meet with a surgeon.  October 3: we have the meeting with the surgeon.  He wants to do a biopsy.  October 6: I have the biopsy done and we wait for results.  October 10: the surgeon calls and says he wants Ryan and I to come in the next morning and he will not give any information over the phone.  October 11: we meet with the Surgeon and the Certified Nurse Midwife I have been seeing throughout my pregnancy.  They give us the news  and let us know that they are referring me to the Piper Center at Abbott Northwestern in the cities.  We get really scared and nervous, pray, and call our parents to come to us. We spend the rest of the morning at Marty and Mandy's house being distracted by their two beautiful little boys as we did not think we could drive home and did not know where else to go. (We are soooooo blessed with good friends)  We eventually meet up with our parents and spend the afternoon at home in Fergus deciding on what our plan will be.  Wednesday we go to my parents house and are surrounded by some of the greatest people in the world Tim, Danielle, Crosby, Katie, Bret, Mollie, and Aimee.

    Fast forward to Thursday, October13.  We (Ryan and I and both sets of our parents) meet with Dr. Johnson, the surgeon.  We feel calmed by the discovery that we can do chemotherapy and other treatment while I am still pregnant (There are two kinds of chemo and I will need both. One is safe during pregnancy and the other is not. The one that is safe to have while pregnant I will start soon and the other I will have after Grover makes his/her entrance into the world).  We talk about surgery and he lets us know that it is not if but when. He and the big, huge team of doctors and oncologists will meet Monday, October 17, to talk about my case (they do this for every case) and decide which will come first, chemo or surgery.  We also meet with Dr. Bloom, the oncologist who laughs at my answer of "duh" to the question "why are you here?"  He answers a lot of questions and wants to start treatment right away.  He decides that because of the risk of infection and the way that chemo will lower my immune system that I not return to school this year.  He recommends that we be transferred to a perinatologist (high risk pregnancy doctor) and think about doing chemo in the cities because other places might not be comfortable giving chemo to a pregnant person.  (This is also because Dr. Bloom, Dr. Johnson, and the Perinatologist are all at the same place and can easily communicate with each other to streamline my care)

    We have an appointment Monday (October 17) with the perinatologist and will get to find out if Grover is a boy or a girl.  We want to check on Grover and make sure everything is alright before we start treatment.  We will also find out what the doctors decide is the plan for treatment and surgery.

    Please pray for us as we journey on the long road ahead. Check back Monday to find out who is growing in me!!


    to Team Chin!

     This blog will be updated often with the latest news, praises, and prayer requests about Chin's fight against breast cancer. So be sure check back soon!

    Current prayer requests:
    • Peace for Chin and Ryan
    • Wisdom for the doctors as they meet on Monday to decide on a plan of action
    • Continued safe development of Baby Miller
    • Encouraging ultrasound of Baby Miller on Monday
    • That God would continue to show us how big He is
    Your partnership in prayer is the most effective way to help Chin at this time.