The last time I went in to the Cross Cancer Institute, my Oncologist told me that I currently have no cancer markers in my blood (thank you all for your prayers!). This was a giant huge indescribable relief. I will undergo a few more consults and blood tests between now and my one year from radiation anniversary, and then next February I will have the full work up with blood work and all the fancy scans etc, and they will tell me then on a more official level how I am doing.
I remember that after my thyroid surgery, I was mortified at how my scar looked. Soon enough, I began to view my scar as a reminder that I was winning the battle with cancer, and I began to regard my scar as a happy, life saving scar. I didn't mind it anymore. I had my surgery in October 2012, and now, just 8 months later, you can hardly see it. I am lucky to have had a wonderful Surgeon. I doubted I would heal "pretty" at the time, but now I don't even notice or think much about it.
Me with my goiter and before my surgical scar:
Me with my scar approx. 5 months post surgery:
Me with my scar approx. 7 months post surgery:
I'm writing this because it appears as if lots of people search for help or information regarding: thyroidectomy. I'm here to tell you that if in doubt, get it done. Save yourself. The crappy initial side effects like the pain and the voice hoarseness went away within a month or two. Then they became memories. I didn't lose my voice, and now I even sound better than I did before. My parathyroids were all kept in tact. My scar, while it was intially shocking to me and lowered my self esteem, is really a thing of the past now, and I'm sure it will be for you too. If you have a great surgeon, I think the percentage of having a long lasting side effect is fairly small. But I'm no expert.
Being on Synthroid is strange, but ok. I set a reminder on my phone so that in case I forget, it will remind me daily. Easy. Because you don't want to forget to take it. Symptoms of not being on the right dose of synthroid have included these for me thus far: eye twitchiness, dry itchy skin, more hair loss, fatigue, lower sex drive and less natural lubrication, irritability, dry mouth (irritated tongue). I think that's about all. But the doctors will keep testing and adjusting your synthroid levels until they get it right, so hopefully those symptoms and whichever others you may have will subside as you level out.
I hope that for all of you searching about this topic, you can rest a bit more easily now. This has been my experience. I'm not saying it will be yours, but it might give you a little bit of hope that things will turn out alright for you, too.
Best of luck... conquer!!