Missy Elliott Reveals She Has Graves' Disease
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 09:44:47
Long-dormant rapper Missy Elliott has revealed that she's been suffering from Graves' Disease -- an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid -- since 2008. That explains a little about why Elliott has dropped out of the music scene for so long.
Elliott said that the symptoms, including mood swings and weight loss, affected her quickly and unexpectedly. "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 to PEOPLE. "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 said. "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."
We are glad she is able to function and is improving.
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