Hey Guys - So I had surgery for thyroid cancer a couple weeks ago. The thyroid is normally wrapped around the voice box. Mine was, too...and then some. I had a inch and a quarter nodule with a papillary tumor inside. But because it was kinda ginormous for the territory it was in, it took a little extra digging to get it all. That extra digging traumatized the nerve enervating the right side of my voice box. So my right vocal cord is way weaker than the left now. That means it took a couple of days (six of them) before I could talk without pain, a little longer (two more on top of those) to swallow without pain, a week and a day of post-surgical pain, and, so far...two weeks without being able to change pitch vocally. I'm a singer in my band. The drummer sings about a third if our tunes, We split a few. And I sing around half or a bit more. Or at least I was and did until the surgery. Currently I have a two to two and a half step range. Hmmmm? ( I assume I hear you thinking...)Isn't that less variation than is typical for speaking, let alone for singing? Yes. That would kind of be the point. They told me that only about one out of twenty people who have papillary masses on their thyroid actually have cancer. I did. Then they told me that only around one out of twenty have the complication I was worried about where it wrecks your voice. Again, I got it. So let's see...That makes five percent of five percent of however many people get papillary thyroid masses...I don't know how many that is. But only 0.2% of those people end up where I am. But this all comes down to...I can't sing. And I don't know when I will be able to, again. I'm trying to assume I WILL be able to again. But I don't really know that. Have any of you had to stop playing/singing/performing for some reason completely outside your control? For how long?