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Welcome to the club that nobody wants to be a member of...LOL..when I think back on all the needle sticks I got, I can't believe I survived all that, but I did, and you will too because you just do what you have to do to survive...and that becomes your strength !! ..all the ladies gave great advice...but they should numb your skin for all those sticks so be sure and insist on it...a local anesthetic won't interfere with any test/procedure they may do so no excuse for not getting it...yeah, that nurse was a tad tacky, but being a retired nurse myself, she probably was trying to give you the worse case scenario so you'd be prepared..her intention was probably sincere, but her method sucked!!..don't worry, I had IDC with 2 large tumors and I am doing great...and so will you!!