Missy Elliot Living with Graves Disease

June 23, 2011  |  

Have you been wondering where female MC, writer and produce, Missy Elliot has been hiding lately? Well she’s been battling Graves Disease since 2008.

The autoimmune disorder affects the thyroid and prevented Elliot from completing simple tasks.

The 39 year old musician told People Magazine that she couldn’t write or drive a car.
“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,” the hitmaker said. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad—I couldn’t even use a pen.”

She also suffered from mood swings and hair loss. Although there is no cure for the disease today, Missy said she regained normalcy after she underwent radiation treatments.

Missy also told People that she’ll be releasing her seventh studio album shortly, which features collaborations with her friend and longtime musical collaborator, Timbaland.

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  • jasmine

    I have graves as well and glad a celebrity is finally talking about this disease. Radiation did not work for me, so I will be having my thyroid removed next week. Can't wait til i gain my weight back, i miss my booty. Hopefully everyone out there gets there levels checked yearly, to prevent this horrible disease from doing to much damage to you.

  • Kevin

    Woe that’s rough, so maybe since she do have it maybe they will come up with something to cure it. Remain strong as you can Missy Elliot and the Lord will do the rest

  • muthoni

    i love you Ms. Elliot! I will actualy pray for you today. I miss your music so much! God take care of you…

  • saleka moore

    I have graves and knows exactly what she is going through. I am praying for her.

    • Poise-N-IVIES

      I know exactly as well. Radiation and a lifetime of hormones still do not take away all of the symptoms/problems/issues – but as with other life issues – we just ogtta power thru the best we can! Praying for you S. moore. Praying for you Missy E. Praying for all of us for all things seen and unseen!

  • Wow! This explains a lot , well I'm happy she's doing better, and I can't wait to hear from her! I've always loved her creativity, hopefully she gets better soon, would hate to loose her!!! I'll be prayin'..

  • Go Missy!

    I was wondering where she went! I'll be rooting for her and giving her my support!!

  • Daniel

    I really love Missy Elliot. I hate it so much that so many people out here have such a short memory span and forget that before Nicky Manaj there was real women rappers out there representing without having to do outrageously sexually overt things on stage or disgusting lyrics. Straight up head bagging/club rocking music!! Get well soon Missy!

  • Kocolate

    Hope you get better Missy – You are missed!!

  • Prissy

    Oh wow!!! You NEVER know what folk are going through. I hope everything ends well with her. She is such a talent! I LOVE her music! 😉

  • Crunchie

    hate to hear that..i really like missy's music..when she was doing her thing
    …Just went crazy!! in the Apple store…Spent $2,000 of their money http://goo.gl/vVx47 just 4 my zipcode!! Thats Crazy