Missy Elliott recently revealed she’s been battling Grave’s disease. Grave’s is characterized by an overactive thyroid, and its onset can result in a variety of health problems, as well as anxiety disorders and depression.
Elliott has suffered with the illness for the past three years, saying it first began affecting her motor skills. She also experienced a slue of other symptoms including dizzy spells, lumps in the throat, mood swings, bulging eyes and hair loss. Elliott said,
“You live with it for the rest of your life.”
Elliott underwent radiation treatment for the disease, and that, combined with medication has her feeling better.
“I’m 30 lbs lighter because I’ve been exercising,” Elliott explains. “My thyroid is functioning, so I haven't had to take medication in about nine months.”
The disease is hereditary, and more common in females than males. George H.W. Bush was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease in 1991, and he was treated with radioactive iodine. Interestingly, his wife, Barbara Bush also developed the disease around the same time.
Elliott hasn’t let it slow her down, though. She has her seventh studio album Block Part set to be released later this year. She will be on VH1’s Behind the Music, which will premiere June 29th.