Wanda Sykes: I Feel Whole Again
10/27/2011 AT 02:20 PM EDT
"I just wanted the best odds," the comedian, 47, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "I made my decision because I love life."
Sykes was diagnosed with DCIS [ductal carcinoma in situ], a noninvasive type of breast cancer, after having a breast reduction in February. "My first thought was, 'Really? Me, breast cancer?' I just couldn't believe it," she says. "But I knew this was doable."
The comedian underwent a bilateral mastectomy in August, and spent the next month healing at home with her wife, Alex. "I was miserable. Every day I had to change the bandages and look at it, and it was not pretty at all," says Sykes. "I just wanted my life back."
Sykes returned to her stand-up tour a month later and says her recovery was expedited by the support of her friends and family, including Alex and their twins, 2-year-old Olivia and Lucas.
"We never hid anything from the kids. They were a huge part of my decision because I wanted to be around for them," Sykes says. "I feel whole again, I really do. I've told them, 'Mommy's boo-boo is much better now.' "
For Sykes's exclusive interview in full, pick up the Nov. 7 issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday