How to get over my fear of needles
How I did it: I had a blood clot in my leg 2 years ago and was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden, a blood clotting disorder. They put me on Coumadin (a blood thinner) for a year, and being on that medication requires very close monitoring of your anticoagulation levels. Which meant blood draws every 2 weeks to a month.
I still can't watch when they take the blood, but at least I don't cry anymore. :-)
Most of the time, it doesn't even hurt!
Lessons & tips: Relax.
Drink LOTS of water.
Exercise right before a blood draw to get your blood pumping.
Close your eyes and visualize a happy place.