Good morning

I've just joined the site.

Here's my background, though I appreciate this is not necessarily the best thread to look for opinions!
I'm a 42 year old mother of a couple of kids. I've had nodules on my thyroid for a good few years, but NO OTHER SYMPTOMS. In the last 9 months or so, I've noticed them enlarging, producing a slight pressure in my neck. Surgeon says it needs a TT +lifetime on thyroxine. He's happy for me to say 'when'. I'm tossing up between getting it done (no chance of further enlargement) or putting it off as it will entail surgery + recovery + side effects + all I have heard about coping without a functioning thyroid.

The decision, I know will be mine and mine alone, but any insights appreciated!