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, November 29, 2011


Chemo treatment #3: Done!

Leanne had her third chemo treatment today. She also had an appointment with her oncologist, Dr. Bloom. They measured her tumor and said it had shrunk 1cm!!!!!!!!!!! Praise the Lord!!
Please continue to keep Leanne, Ryan, and Grover in your prayers. You can pray specifically pray for:
  • Continued growth for Grover
  • Continued health for Leanne
  • Leanne to carry Grover to full term (37 weeks)
  • Minimal side effects from the chemo for Leanne
  • Peace for Leanne, Ryan, and their families as they trust God with their future plans

Saturday, November 26, 2011


We know it has been a while, but we have been busy celebrating all we are thankful for. Oh, and eating, laughing, and loving on these three.

We wanted you to know that we are so thankful for you! We are thankful for your prayers, support, encouragement, and love. We could not do this without you Team Chin.

Leanne has her next chemo treatment on Tuesday. Please pray for
  • Continued health for Leanne
  • Continued health and growth for Grover
  • Leanne to carry Grover to full term (37 weeks)
  • God's continued provision for Leanne, Ryan, and Grover in all areas of their lives

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Grover update

Leanne had a Dr. appointment this morning. The Dr. said that baby Grover looked great! He is weighing in at 1 lb and 6 oz. Grover is growing and looking healthy. Thankfully Leanne is lucky enough to have frequent ultrasounds of Grover so we have a picture to share!

Please to continue to pray for:
  • Continued good health and growth for Grover
  • Continued good health for Leanne
  • Rest and peace for Leanne

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Baby Bump

I am sure you all have been itching to see some baby bump pics. Well here it is! 23 weeks is looking good on Leanne :)

  • Healthy pregnancy thus far for Leanne and Grover!
  • The support Leanne, Ryan, and Grover have been shown over the past month! Thank you!
Prayer requests:
  • Peace for Leanne and Ryan
  • Health for Leanne and Grover
  • That God would continue to provide for Ryan and Leanne in all areas of their lives
  • Good news from the Dr. on Tuesday

Thursday, November 10, 2011

wear it!

As promised, here is a way for everyone to help!

Once Leanne was diagnosed, we began brainstorming ways that we could help Leanne, Ryan, and baby Grover. So we got online and ordered some bracelets figuring we could give them out to those wanting to join TEAM CHIN and ask for a donation to give the Miller's some financial support. A few weeks later, all the way from China, we got these! Doesn't my niece look cute modeling the bracelets?!

So here is where you come in. Email me at teamchinny@gmail.com with the following info in your message:
  • Your name & address
  • How many bracelets you would like (Youth sizes also available)
I will connect you with your closest TEAM CHIN retailer :) or just mail them to you. Once you receive your bracelets, we ask that you would send a financial donation of any amount to:

Leanne Miller
17639 George Moran Dr
Eden Prairie, MN  55347

More than any type of financial support, we really covet your partnership in prayer. We specifically ask for prayer for:
  • Peace for Leanne
  • Leanne to find her true beauty in Jesus Christ
  • Continued good health for Leanne
This has been a hard day for Leanne. With lots of tears and the support of her mom and Michelle, at DK International, Leanne shaved her head today. Please keep her in your prayers. Doesn't she look beautiful in her wig!!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Chemo treatment #2: done

Leanne had her second round of chemo today. Ryan surprised her last night by coming down to the Twin Cities so he could go to her appointment with her. Ryan's mom, Deb, was also in town to go with Leanne. She is feeling pretty tired, but isn't feeling the side effects ... yet. The doctors said that she could most likely expect the same side effects as her last treatment:
  • Days 2-5: feeling pretty tired and sick
  • Days 5-14: tired and low counts (so don't get sick!!)
  • Days 14-21: regaining strength and appetite
A family friend (Cindy) dropped off some of her famous sugar cookies for Leanne to munch on over the next few days. Yummy!!!

Leanne will remain in the Twin Cities until the 15th of November. After the 15th, she will head up to Fergus Falls until Thanksgiving. Thanks for all the love, encouragement, and support you are all showing Leanne and Ryan during this time. We appreciate your prayers more than we could say. Please continue to pray for:
  • Health for Leanne and baby Grover
  • Peace for Leanne and Ryan as they are making decisions
  • For Leanne to experience God's unending peace in all areas of her life
  • Leanne to feel beautiful (because she is :)!!!) as the chemo begins to take its toll on her body

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Want to help?

I know a lot of you have been wondering how you can help. Well, here is a very practical way! Leanne wrote this on her blog earlier today.

Okay well I have lots of needs. . .  BUT I have a need that you can help me with. . . One of the things I have been struggling with the most in this whole experience is fear.  I can't explain it all but it is one of those things that just creeps up when I least expect it.  It is the devil's way of getting into this situation and trying to take the glory away from God.  I am working really, really hard to conquer this fear and repeat verses and phrases in my head to help me. I was thinking about how I can continue to conquer it and I decided that I wanted to write verses on 3 x 5 index cards and bind them together so I can flip to one every time the fear creeps in.  Here is where all of you come in.  Pick a verse, write it on an index card, write your name (and a note if you want) on the back of the card, and send it to me.  I will put them all on a ring and keep them with me all the time. Here is the address:
17639 George Moran Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Thanks for being a part of my support team and for letting me be real. . . I know I can count on you to help me conquer this fear and show the devil that my God is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more powerful that he is!

Stay tuned this week for more practical ways to help!

Please keep praying for Leanne this week. She has her second round of chemo on Tuesday. Pray for strength, health, and peace.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Look Good, Feel Better

On Tuesday, Leanne and Fran went to a class called Look Good, Feel Better. It is a class aimed at helping women who are going through chemo by offering support, encouragement, and beauty techniques. You can learn more about it here.

Here is some of the sweet stuff that Leanne got. Hello Chanel, Clinique, and Estee Lauder!

She said the class was helpful for learning things like how to draw on your eyebrows (in case they fall out). She was also pretty encouraged by one of the speakers who came up to her after the class and shared how she is really inspired by Leanne. She encouraged Leanne to keep fighting and that she will get through this.

Leanne also had a good time with the sweet, older lady who sat next to her :)

Good thing Leanne was there to help show her how to hold mascara, which one is the eyebrow pencil and which one is the eyeliner, and how to clean your face to get the makeup off! 

After the class, Leanne had a Dr. appointment for baby Grover. They had an ultrasound today ... always fun to see the baby! The Doc said everything looked great! Heartbeat sounded good and the baby looked great!

Please keep praying for:
  • A continued healthy pregnancy for Leanne
  • Health for Leanne while undergoing chemo
  • Peace and trust for the entire Miller and White families