As you say, personal comfort has a lot to do with your treatment decision.
I had the choice of radiation (GK) or surgery - my neurotologist does both. I waivered for a little while and I originally told my doc that there was "NO way I could have surgery
" but in the end that's exactly what I did.
I chose surgery for many reasons, but first and foremost was because I wanted the AN removed from my head. I'm a very impatient, very black & white type of person - and I knew if I chose radiation I couldn't handle the stress of not knowing whether my AN was growing or dying (this is just me - not everyone). This was also the reason I chose to have surgery 6 weeks after my diagnosis - I knew that watching & waiting wasn't for me either.
I also wanted to find out what side-effects my treatment would cause up front - not wait for 12 to 18 months to see what I might encounter. If I was going to lose my hearing, I wanted to know that right away. If I was going to have eye issues or facial nerve damage, I wanted to know that right away. I'm the type who likes to know what I'm facing and deal with it - when it came to my AN, I wanted it gone and I wanted to move on with the rest of my life.
But I want to reinforce that this is me and my personality and my choice. It's good to ask others what they did and find out why, but ultimately you need to do what is right for you. This is one of the things my neurotologist stressed to me. I was hoping he'd make the choice for me - in fact, I tried everything I could think of to get him to make the choice - but he refused. He clearly felt it was my decision and he was absolutely right.
Read everything you can find, consult with as many doctors as you feel you need to, weigh the pros and cons of each treatment, and then make your decision. Lots of people, including me, go with their "gut" in the end; you just know when it's right. Not to put any pressure on you, but I should mention that making your treatment decision may be one of the hardest part of your AN journey. But, you'll get there.