During my waiting period, I became obsessed with Google. I read everything I could about thyroid surgery, both from medical organizations like the American cancer society and from personal posts about their experience.
Google has so enriched how we can research and I am so grateful for that. But, let me say that you have to be very discerning with what you read. Sites like the American cancer society have great information about symptoms, causes, and treatments (https://www.cancer.org/cancer/thyroid-cancer.html). There are other sites like Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association (http://www.thyca.org/) that has a wealth of information about thyroid cancer. It was created by thyroid cancer survivors for people like me who have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
There is also a lot of posts from a lot of people who have gone through diagnosis, surgery and recovery. Many of the posts I read were helpful but many were very negative in nature and here is where you have to be careful because our own experiences are going to be different from others. So, please be careful if you start reading posts where people write about horrible experiences they have had during this process. I know for me, I wanted to be informed but to not be filled with fear as I approached my surgery date.