Jonathan Fields blogged this topic today. It has some relevance to me this week, because a week from tomorrow I'll be having a breast biopsy. When this came up five years ago, I was almost too frightened to breathe. This time, I'm not best pleased at having to go through this, but I've been using some of the strategies Jonathan mentions to help me cope, especially mindfulness.
And I'm relying a lot on my friends. And do you know what? I saw one of my physicians today and he said he'd be praying for me. Extraordinary. Regardless of how this turns out (the mammogram was classed Bi-RADS 4 by the radiologist, but I'm not sure what kind of 4 it is), I'm a lucky woman. Blessed, you could say.