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    Very scary for anyone to go through - especially at 13 years old. Hope your friends and family are being supportive. At your age you should be very lucky. You should be able to get rid of the cancer for good. You will just have to be good about check ups and scans for the rest of your life. After you have been on the hormone replacement for a while you may want to join a thyroid cancer support group (check the Thyca website). When people talk about problems they are having you may relate to some of them and understand that you are not alone (or crazy). My wife went to meetings with me and it did her a lot of good to understand that I wasn't just a little weird. Not that their are serious problems, just things that seem a little different we notice by being on hormone. Good luck in your journey. Hope you'll get involved in Relay!

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    Sounds like you must have medullary thyroid cancer. I have advanced, RAI avid, follicular thyroid cancer, so now I'm in a similar boat. Let us know if you are medullary and how you are doing as well as how we can help. Are you part of a Thyca support group? Hang in there!

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    Hello Laura. Hope you are getting over the shock and adapting. I've know several people with vocal cord involvement who went to vocal coaches to learn to speak putting less stress on their vocal cords and being able to get more volume and some singing ability back. I sang before my thyroidectomy, but my range changed after the surgery. Like Carolina, I'm a firm believer in Thyca and their support groups. You are young enough that you should still be stage 1, but you still need to be diligent about checkups and scans the rest of your life. In your support group you may find that some of the weird things you notice are just the results of being on hormone replacement. Talking with others is important. I'm stage 4c and still doing fine. Hang in there.