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, May 28, 2013

Chemo #8

Before we do the chemo update, we wanted to let you know that TEAM CHIN has a new member!


Carter Joy White was born yesterday, May 27, to Leanne's older brother, Tim, and his wife, Danielle. Congrats!!!

 Now for the chemo news. Leanne had high enough counts to have chemo today! She had a lot of nausea after chemo last time, so they tried something new this time to keep the nausea at bay. My mom went to chemo with Leanne. Thanks Kathy for spending the afternoon with Leo!


 And Mollie and I got to Face Time with her during chemo. Isn't modern technology wonderful?!?!


 I think Mollie was pretty happy to see her Auntie Leanne :)

 Please be praying for Leanne. Pray specifically for:

  • Minimal side effects from chemo for Leanne
  • The numbness in Leanne's fingers to not spread any further
  • Peace for Leanne, Ryan, and their families as they await what lies ahead
  • Stamina and strength for Leanne and Ryan
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom as he makes decisions about the future of Leanne's treatment plan
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, May 23, 2013

Plastic Surgeon Meeting

Leanne had a meeting yesterday with her plastic surgeon. He was very positive and is willing to begin the reconstruction process whenever Leanne is ready. Good news!!!!!

They are going to wait until Leanne has finished chemo and has the results of a PET scan she will have on June 6th. They are also waiting on results from some genetic testing to see exactly what the process of her reconstructive surgeries will entail.

Thanks for continuing to pray!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chemo #7

7 down, 2 more to go!

Leanne's counts were high enough yesterday that she was able to have chemo today! While Grammie stayed home with Leo, our Dad went to chemo with Leanne.


It was crowded and noisy at chemo. On days like that, Leanne is thankful for noise cancelling headphones :)

Please keep her in your prayers this week. You can specifically pray for:

  • Strength for Leanne to keep fighting what seems like a never ending battle
  • Peace for Leanne & Ryan
  • Good rest for Leanne, Ryan, and Leo
  • Minimal side effects from the chemo for Leanne this week
  • Strength for Ryan, Leo, and their families to keep supporting Leanne
  • Wisdom for the Dr.'s as she has a scan in 2 weeks to see what the next steps in her journey will be
  • Praise!!! For wonderful friends and family who selflessly help out and support Leanne, Ryan, and their families.
  • Praise that Grandma Deb is coming for a few days to hang out with Leo and help Leanne!!!! Yay for Grandma time!

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.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

2nd chance!

Hey guys! I know many of you ordered from the Thirty-One fundraiser for Leanne a few weeks ago. THANK YOU!!!!!

But, I know some of you didn't get the chance to order. Well, you get a second chance! Check out the link here 2nd Chance Party. When you get to Heather's page click on My Parties and you will see the 2nd chance party for Leanne.

If you are at a loss of what to order, I highly recommend:

  • The Large Utility Tote
  • The Retro Metro Bag
  • Any of their thermal bags
Thanks for supporting the Miller's in this way!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chemo #6

Before chemo Leanne had an appointment with Dr. Bloom's Nurse Practitioner. She said things were looking good. Her tumor markers in her blood were going down, but they are still in the normal range. They were also in the normal range when Leanne was diagnosed the 2nd time, so those numbers don't really mean much. However, lower numbers is still good!

While at her appointment, she ran in to her friend Ann. I know Leanne is thankful to have friends to walk this journey with her who are experiencing the same thing. God has been so faithful in that way!


We also got to Face Time with Leanne during chemo :) Mollie was keeping Auntie Leanne busy with her stories from the zoo.


My mom went to chemo with Leanne today, but they didn't get a picture. And thanks to Karen for spending the afternoon with Leo!

 Leanne has some specific prayer requests for you guys this week:

  • She has been having some numbness in her fingers (a side effect from chemo) and her prayer is that it does not spread any more into her hands or feet throughout her remaining treatment.
  • Stamina for Leanne to keep fighting as the fatigue wears on her
  • Strength for Leanne, Ryan, Leo, and their families
  • Peace as we trust in God's plan for Leanne's life

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Box Out Breast Cancer

Not sure if many of you know this, but Leanne (and our sister, Aimee) are coaching an 8th grade girls basketball team. The girls played in a tournament this weekend benefiting the Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition. Click here to read more about it.

The girls showed up for the games wearing pink socks ...


 And with TEAM CHIN written across their knuckles.


 I think they love their coach!


 And if that support wasn't enough, they won their bracket in the tournament!


 Way to go girls!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

No chemo week!

Leanne has the week off from chemo! She is enjoying some extra time with Leo without feeling yucky after chemo :)

Since there is no chemo this week, I wanted to remind you of the 31 fundraiser going on this week! Check out the blog post here for more info about the fundraiser. The catalog closes online on the 13th so order before then!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

31 Fundraiser

A former co-worker and a former student's mom are organizing a fundraiser to benefit Leanne & Ryan. Here is the info:

When: Friday, May 10, 2013
Where: 602 5th Ave. E Alexandria, MN 56308
Open house 4:30 - 7:00 PM

Join Heather Kapphahn and I for a big reveal of the New Thirty-One catalog and help fight cancer at the same time. We have all been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the warm sunshine. And I know you have all been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the New Summer catalog from thirty-one. Come for an evening of shopping as you look through our new catalog and help a worthy cause. Our close friend, Leanne Miller, has been battling breast cancer. All commission from this event will go directly to Leanne, Ryan, and Leo as they fight this battle.

Can't make it? Find the event at www.mythirtyone.com/amykorynta (and click on My Parties in the left margin) or at Heather's website at www.mythirtyone.com/188399 (
and click on My Parties in the left margin) and shop online. Your items can be shipped directly to you.

If you live in the Alexandria area, please attend this event if you can! If not, order online before May 13th.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment!