I have a lot to think about after my lengthy conversations with the therapist and the psychiatrist. Fear really is the mind-killer, and I am afraid of a great many things.
Like this procedure. I suddenly realized that last time I had a core biopsy done, I was knocked out cold, because I was also having the more invasive tumor removal under my right arm. This time I get a Valium about an hour before the procedure, and the areas that are going to be punctured - best verb I could come up with - will be numbed. I will likely be awake, Valium notwithstanding. What are the chances that I am going to feel pain? Put your bets down, ladies and gents!
I am afraid of many other things, most of them illogical (Leonard Nimoy voice here). Those are the ones I have to think about.