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!

Monday, June 18, 2012

This guy ...


is super happy because his Mommy and Daddy got great news from Dr. Bloom today! The scan Leanne had last Monday showed that there is NO cancer in her body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dr. Bloom (he is calling himself the captain of TEAM CHIN!) is incredibly pleased with the results of surgery and chemo. She will continue to have appointments with Dr. Bloom, but now it is onto radiation and continuing to take low dose chemo meds. Radiation will most likely start within a few weeks, but we are not sure yet.

As Leanne moves on to the next stage of treatment, please keep her in your prayers. Pray specifically for:
  • Wisdom for the Radiation Oncologists as they determine the plan for radiation
  • Peace for Leanne and Ryan as they continue on in this journey
  • Full recovery and healing for Leanne
  • Effective physical therapy for Leanne
  • Leo to continue sleeping better at night

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Care Calendar is back!

We need your help again!

Leanne and Ryan are in need of some help now that surgery is done and she will be starting radiation in the near future. If you can help, please read the following info and sign up!

Here is the link to the Care Calendar we have set up for Leanne, Ryan, and Leo:


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

    CALENDAR ID:   98734
    SECURITY CODE :   8797

On this website there are a few ways you can help:
  1. Bring meals
  2. Run errands (Target, grocery shopping, etc)
  3. Housework
 When you get to the calendar, you can click on a particular need you would like to help meet. 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!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Relay for Life: Honorary Survivor

Leanne was chosen as the honorary survivor for Relay for Life in Eden Prairie this year! She will have a chance to share her story and then will lead the survivor lap. 

Click HERE for Leanne's personal Relay for Life page and HERE for the TEAM CHIN Relay for Life page. 

TEAM CHIN is forming a team, but will not be there all night long. Please consider supporting the American Cancer Society by clicking on the TEAM CHIN page HERE.

The event will be on Friday July 13, 2012 at Eden Prairie High School at 6:00pm. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Good news!

In the words of Ryan today, "We actually get to leave a doctor's appointment with some good news!"

Leanne met with Dr. Johnson today and he was said everything looked good! The skin near the incision looks good, the amount and color of the drainage looks good, and most of all Leanne looks good!

The plan for now is this:
Scans on June 11th
Meet with Dr. Bloom on June 18th
Start radiation (not sure of length of radiation treatments)
Physical therapy to get range of motion back

We know this plan can change at any time so we hold loosely to it. I know I can speak for Leanne, Ryan, and their families when I say there has been a huge sense of relief this week knowing the cancer is gone from her body.

Please continue to pray for Leanne to have a full, quick recovery
Pray for wisdom for all of Leanne's doctors as they make decisions about radiation
Pray for sweet Leo to sleep through the night :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Dr. Johnson called Leanne this morning to let her know the results of the pathology report. He was able to get clean margins on what he took during the last surgery and none of the lymph nodes removed in the last surgery had any cancer in them. PRAISE GOD! God is so faithful and has provided for Leanne every step of this journey so far. We are trusting Him to continue to provide what Leanne needs as she starts the next part in her treatment. All we know this far is that radiation is in the future and rehab will happen at some point to get her arm back in shape after surgery. Please keep praying for a smooth recovery and for Leo to sleep through the night. So thankful we get to celebrate with all of you!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Guess who ...

is home!
Leanne was discharged from the hospital and was able to enjoy breakfast with Leo this morning. :) He sure was glad to see his mommy! Leanne is so thankful for all of your prayers, encouraging texts, Facebook posts and messages. Keep 'em coming!

Please keep praying for Leanne. Pray for:
  •  Smooth recovery for Leanne. 
  • The pathology report would come back with clean margins. 
  • Wisdom for the Doctor's as they continue to make decisions regarding Leanne's treatment.
  • Leo to sleep through the night.