Surgery and Serenity

Dear Ones,

I am preparing for my major reconstruction surgery taking place this Tuesday morning at Hoag Hospital.  I’ll be on the table for quite a few hours and have the undivided attention of two expert surgeons as they take a rather large chunk of my belly (including skin, fat and perhaps a little muscle) and then form and shape it into a surgically-produced breast replica!  Yes, it’s pretty amazing what they are able to do in these times in which we live!

For those who are interested in knowing more about this, my friend Annie found a good 4-minute YouTube video that explains it pretty well.  If you are interested, view it here at Breast Reconstruction Video.

This video is done with graphics — no real patients or real blood (!)   It covers several types of breast reconstructions — the Latissimus Dorsi is the surgery I had on my left side.  This one for the right breast is a Free Tram Flap.  The only thing that’s different with my surgery from the video is that the flap taken from the belly will be completely removed and not migrated under the skin as the video indicates — which is why my surgery is called a “free” tram flap.

I’d love your prayers!  Prayers for all the details that need to be taken care of before Tuesday’s check-in at 6 am.  Prayers for my sister’s travel from Oregon — she’ll be caring for me for a couple of weeks.  Prayers for the surgery to go smoothly — no complications, no infections — and that the blood vessels transferred from my belly to my chest will connect up perfectly and keep the transferred flap alive and well.  Prayers for good pain management and of course, prayers for my dearest Prince Philip!

And, dear ones, the Lord has promised me not just a sense of calm for this surgery, but even greater, true serenity.  “Serenity” can be defined as tranquility – a deep peace of mind.  With serenity, I am looking forward to getting this part of my cancer recovery done and accomplished.  I am keenly aware that while I am under anesthetic, I will be with Jesus and He’ll be caring for my soul.  The recovery won’t be without pain, but I’ve learned that suffering isn’t our worst enemy — that God is very real and very precious in times of pain.  And when I’m done with this surgery, we’ll have gone a long way to full recovery from the day I was diagnosed in December 2011.  It’s been almost two years now and God has been SO incredibly good!

We’ll keep you posted on my surgery and recovery.

God bless you and thank you again for your dear prayers — they mean so much!

Love and blessings,



revcathieyoung View All →

After more than 25 years in parish ministry, Rev. Cathie retired in early 2018 to pursue a quieter life with her husband Philip in the mountains of Central Oregon. Although no longer a leader in congregational life, she continues to follow her calling and passion to minister to those who suffer, especially those with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

9 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Prayers are ascending and have been. After hearing some of the miracles that happened at the New Wine conference in England, started praying that before Tuesday, God would grow you a new one. Why not, you have not because you ask not! A creation miracle for you this side of surgery.

    Much love and prayer to you and Philip.


    >________________________________ > From: Gold in the Road >To: >Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2013 10:26 PM >Subject: [New post] Surgery and Serenity > > > > >revcathieyoung posted: “Dear Ones, I am preparing for my major reconstruction surgery taking place this Tuesday morning at Hoag Hospital. I’ll be on the table for quite a few hours and have the undivided attention of two expert surgeons as they take a rather large chunk of m” >

  2. Dear Cathie,
    The All Saints’ Prayer Tree will be praying for you during your surgery. May all the prayers that you’ve asked for be answered perfectly!

  3. We’re praying for you and the gifted medical staff at Hoag for a totally successful surgery result tomorrow. We pray you will have abiding peace in Him Who is our peace.

  4. We will continue to pray for the entire reconstruction process to go smoothly and with serenity for all people involved. God’s wisdom, healing and grace to you!
    Love, Luisa and Spencer too

  5. Know our Lord Jesus will be with you and the surgeons every step of the way. Our prayers and love are with you, Joanie and Prince Philip as you undergo this surgery. May the pain management be successful as well as your deep serenity.
    Love you,
    Mike and Mimi

  6. Prayers are with you, Philip and your sister. Remember the “Witness Protection Program” and “Keep it Stable, and Pray on the Table!” The Lord will be with you every moment.
    With Love,
    Judy Sweetland

  7. Dearest cathie+, You are in my thoughts and prayers and your sister too.May God cont. to grant you His shalom and trust in His love and in Jesus,barbara + (a fellow (or a gal?!) bc survivor…and sister in Christ

    Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 05:26:11 +0000 To:

  8. Count on my prayers, Cathie, that the Great Physician will be hard at work overseeing everything and that you, Phillip and Joanie will have his peace, joy and comfort every step of the way.
    In His love,
    Leah Stout

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