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, September 24, 2013


It has been a few weeks, so it's time for a blog update.

Leanne is now on her second round of her 7 day chemo meds. While she has relief from some of the extreme side effects from her past chemo treatments, this new medicine has a new set of side effects. One of the biggest and most debilitating is the nausea. It comes on quickly and without warning. Leanne will see a nurse practitioner next week that works with Dr. Bloom just for a check up. She will see Dr. Bloom in November and then have another scan in early December.

Here is where you guys come in. You have been extremely faithful to pray with us. Please continue to do so! Here are some specifics:

  • Minimal side effects from this chemo (especially the nausea)
  • Maximum effectiveness of the chemo on the lymph nodes
  • Freedom from any fear and anxiety that Leanne is having
  • Strength to fight the mental battle that goes along with cancer
  • Good, restful sleep for Leanne
  • Peace for Leo when he is away from Leanne (separation anxiety has been hard for Leo and Leanne)
Thanks for your support! To the diaper deliverer, you are awesome!!!

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, September 7, 2013

From Leanne ...

At times like this it seems like we should be the ones encouraging and supporting Leanne while she struggles through where God has her.

Instead, God has given her a peace that we only dream of experiencing. And she is using that peace to encourage and support her team around her.

Check out this blog post from Leanne HERE. May you be encouraged to choose trust and faith as you read it.

God is bigger than this. Believe it!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Not quite ...

While today's appointment was not quite the news we wanted to hear today, there is still much to be thankful for.

Leanne's appointment with Dr. Bloom today was a long one. We learned that the cancer spots that were in her bones (pelvis) and liver are no longer active! We are praising God for this healing. We also learned that the cancer that was in her lymph nodes is continuing to grow. We are trusting God's plan for a healing from this cancer too.

Dr. Bloom has decided that Leanne will start taking an oral chemo medication every other week for 90 days to try and stop the growth of the cancer in her lymph nodes.  She will take the medicine for 7 days and then have 7 days off. We don't exactly know the side effects that will come with this medicine but we are praying they will be minimal. Leanne will meet with Dr. Bloom once a month until she has another scan at the end of the 90 days to see how the cancer is responding to the medicine.

Another praise is  Leanne will get to stop taking some other medicines that have some pretty nasty side effects!! We are praising God for answering our prayer that Leanne would have relief from some of the unpleasant side effects.

The previous plan to begin the reconstruction process soon has also changed. Dr. Bloom has decided that now is not the best time the start that process.

While this is not what we wanted to hear, it is exactly what God intended to happen. We are once again choosing to trust God in this journey, no matter what lies ahead. Please keep us in your prayers. At this point you can pray for:
  • Peace for Leanne, Ryan, and their families
  • Maximum effectiveness of the new medicine against the cancer
  • Minimal side effects from this new medicine
We will update after the first round of medicine to let you know of more specific ways to pray. 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, September 2, 2013


Hey TEAM CHIN readers, please join us in praying for tomorrows appointment with Dr. Bloom. Please pray for:

  • Peace and good rest tonight for Leanne, Ryan, and their families
  • Clear results from the scan on Friday
  • No more chemo!!!!!!!!!!
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom
And a huge thanks to all who prayed on Friday morning. Leanne was able to have peace beyond understanding and we are thankful God can give peace like that no matter what the circumstance is.

If you are looking for a way to support the American Cancer Society as they strive to find a cure, check out this page. Our cousin, Peter, is running the Chicago Marathon and is striving to raise $1,500 in honor of Leanne to support the American Cancer Society. 

Thanks in advance for praying and I will let you know the news from tomorrow as soon as I can.