Susan explains why she chose to have a double mastecomy.
Initially, when I found out that I had two lumps, I was thinking that if both of them were cancerous that I would be forced to have a mastectomy. And I was really hoping, you know, that I would just do a lumpectomy because that sounded less scary, but as I started reading on message boards and cancer websites and things like that and finding out more information about it, I just started getting more educated and I started thinking about if I had a lumpectomy would I be worrying about its spreading, you know, the rest of my life. Would I always be worrying about that? And for me, I am a worrier, as most women are. And I did not want to worry about that, and I did not want to be worrying about the rest of my life and moving from one side to the next, and I do have a family history. So that was one thing I took into consideration, and I think I just felt like, you know, there is something in my body that I want out, and I want the whole thing out. And I was small breasted, and I just thought if you are going to take a chunk out of my breast, just take the whole thing. And then my thinking was, you're going to take one; you might as well take both. So that was my thinking. I just thought, just take both, and I do not want to have to think about it anymore, and I will go through reconstruction, and there is also a lot to be said, the doctors mentioned to you about symmetry with breasts. When you do reconstruction, it is easier. If you have both of them done to get, you know, a look that they are the same, is more natural than if you do one. And I am young. I was only 37. So I just did not want to go the rest of my life without boobs.
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