Hi, Camille and welcome to the forum
When I was diagnosed, in April 2007, I was about your age. I found an incredible doctor who does both radiation (Gamma Knife) and surgery and, like you, I was initially very frustrated because he absolutely refused to tell me which treatment I should choose. I tried to get him to make my decision any way I possibly could, but he just kept telling me it was my
decision. He was right - it just took me a while to realize it.
AN treatment decisions - if you have a choice - are very personal decisions. What is right for one patient, isn't necessarily right for another. There are a lot of "what ifs" and a lot of unknowns because everyone's AN journey is similar, but different at the same time. So you need to do your research, educate yourself on the pros and cons of radiation and surgery, and pick what is best for you. I'll be honest with you, this will probably be one of the hardest parts of your AN journey.
Many of us, myself included, eventually reached a place in the decision-making process where we knew in our "gut" which doctor(s) and which treatment option was right for us. In time, you'll be able to reach this same "place".
I'm glad to hear that you received literature from the ANA, I always recommend it to newbies, because in my opinion it is an excellent source of information.
Feel free to ask us anything, that's one of the things we're here for.
I hang around the forum a lot, but if you ever want to PM me, please feel free. My phone number is listed on the ANA's WTT (willing to talk) list also, in case you'd like to speak in person.