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how do you prepare yourself for a surgery/procedure/etc that you know will be painful and bloody?
for context: i have a weird discoloration on my nail that's probably benign but can also be an early symptom of melanoma - it can only be ruled out via a biopsy of my fingernail. the type of melanoma it could be is often misdiagnosed in its early stages (even by experts) because the discoloration outwardly looks like other more harmless causes.
anyway i am very scared of the surgery. it's supposed to be really painful and i am scared of needles, knives, etc. statistically it is probably nothing, but i feel like the smart choice is to be safe instead of sorry? i also have obsessive compulsive disorder so i keep worrying about "what if"
pic related: it is what the discoloration on my nail kinda looks like