Survivor since 2007
I also had IDC. These choices are so personal, we can give you the reasons why we chose the way we did. I chose to have a mastectomy because of the location of my tumor. It was toward the mid-line of my chest and esthetically, it would have looked like a shark took a chunk out of my boob! My surgeon said if I had a mastectomy, I would not have to have radiation either. Since we have to take a ferry boat off an island which is time consuming and expensive to do this for 6 weeks, it was a no brainer for me to have chosen the mastectomy, instead of the "shark-bite." I have been happy with the decision and have a prosthesis that looks natural in my clothes, and feels like a part of me. I am also 63 so my decision not to have reconstruction was based on my age and wanting to get done with the treatment asap. BTW... when I had the mastectomy, I never had to take any kind of pain medication. I know that isn't always the case but other than being a bit sleepy from the anesthesia, I felt perfectly ok.