Missy Elliott Reveals Battle With Graves Disease

Hip Hop star Missy Elliott has revealed that she’s been suffering with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid, as of 2008.

The multi-Grammy winner shared details of her diagnosis saying that the symptoms included mood swings and weight loss.

“I was [driving and] trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping. I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed,” Elliott said. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad — I couldn’t even use a pen.”

Elliott has been going through radiation and exercising, which fortunately has improved her condition. “I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising.” Elliott continues. “My thyroid is functioning, so I haven’t had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life.”

Elliott will be featured on VH1’s ‘Behind the Music,’ further discussing her battle with Graves’ disease, weight issues, and being sexually molested as a child.

You can catch Elliott’s ‘Behind the Music’ special on Wednesday, June 29 at 10 PM.


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