Thanks again everyone for the kind words! And sorry to hijack this thread a bit with medical updates, but it seems an appropriate place to share and it's not really worth starting up a whole thread on its own.
Today I learned several things: mammograms suck but not as badly as I'd expected. Full on biopsies of one of the most sensitive areas of the body that leave half one's chest black and blue suck just as bad as you'd expect (though at least I got a local for this one). And lastly, the syndrome my surgeon think I have is not at all dangerous in any way, and I most likely won't even have to have it operated on. What it is, though, is extremely rare. My surgeon, a breast specialist at Beth Israel Cancer Center, said that in 30 years of practice I am only the third patient he's seen with it.