Singer/producer Missy Elliott was diagnosed with a disorder called Graves disease. She’s been suffering from the autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid since 2008.
Missy talked about her challenges with Graves during a recent interview saying this, “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 Virginia rapper-producer reportedly told People Magazine. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad — I couldn’t even use a pen.”
“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.”
Missy is currently working with longtime friend Timbaland on her new album. You can also check her out on VH1’s Behind The Music on June 26, where she’ll discuss her battle with Graves disease, weight issues, and being sexually molested as a child.