Missy Elliott: Graves’ Disease Hasn’t Slowed Me Down

Missy Elliott

Earlier this week, People revealed that Missy Elliott had been privately battling Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune illness that affects the thyroid. Her condition became so bad that the “Supa Dupa Fly” rapper, 39, couldn’t write or drive a car. She suffered severe mood swings, dizzy spells, lumps in her throat, bulging eyes, and hair loss, and had been undergoing radiation and taking medication.

Some of her supporters have been concerned for her health. But in a new statement Missy reassures them that she is fine and has not been slowed down by the debilitating disease. In fact, she’s still working on her new album and producing for other artists. She will also be profiled on a new episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” airing June 29.

“I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease about three years ago, but it really hasn’t slowed me down at all,” explained Missy. Read her statement below.

“There have been some inaccuracies reported in regards to my diagnosis with Graves’ Disease, so I wanted to clear things up. I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease about three years ago, but it really hasn’t slowed me down at all. I rocked my performance on ‘VH1 Hip Hop Honors” tribute to Timbaland last year. I’ve written and produced a bunch of Grammy-nominated, #1 hits for artists like Keyshia Cole, Monica, and Jazmine Sullivan. I toured the U.K., Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. And on top of all that, I’m working on my new album. I feel great. Under my doctor’s supervision, I’ve been off medication for about a year and I’m completely managing the condition through diet and exercise.”

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23 Comments

  1. Manofvalour

    I’m so glad to hear that she’s doing better and in a good place. Looking forward to that album Missy and you are in my prayers!

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    From Tokyo Reply:

    @Manofvalour, My words exactly!

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  2. mojo

    I hope she get better

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  3. Dallas

    I want to see the show. Big fan of her work. SUPPORT FEMALE MCs.

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  4. cherribim

    I’m so glad Missy Elliot shared her experience with others because it will (has) helped others. My 1st cousin was diagnosed with Grave’s and I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (MG) a little over a year ago and am also having trouble with my eyes (drooping) but I am feeling great as I continue my regimen of meds. May God continue to bless.

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    Jeffery Fatale Reply:

    @cherribim, I’m so glad, and happy that you’ve shared your experience about you, and your 1st cousin, and I pray that y’all continue to feel better, and live happy lives… And I’m also happy that “The Queen Of Hip-Hop” Missy Elliott is doing so much better, and I’ll always continue to support her, and I cannot wait to hear some exclusively hot new music from her highly anticipated album… #TeamMissyFor2011AndBeyond.

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  7. MaZ

    Glad she’s ok! Can’t wait for her to come back with hot music and videos. We miss you so much Missy.

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  8. joey

    no wonder she hasnt released music! happy shes gotten better and is rearing to get back out there! we need her music on the radio again!

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  9. Michael

    LOVE HER!!!! MISSY & KIM COLLABORATION! PLZ!!!

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  10. Dave

    Yay! I’m so happy she’s better

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  11. Rafaiahhh(*whistle)

    my Misssssssssss!!!love her to death

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  12. RDK

    congratz i am happy for her glad her illness haven,t slowed her down,keep doing you Missy.

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  13. Name here

    hope her condition improves -she always has been a hard worker

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  14. dazz

    queen of hip hop? yes.

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  15. BLAZE

    O thank you Jesus! She is doing well.Just to update her real fans Missy is on twitter an talks to her real fans follow her @missyelliott she is bringing a single out soon she has five to choose from#WARPED#MURDER SHE WROTE#PIN THE TAIL#PRE MADDONA#BLOW YOUR WHISLE PLEASE SUPPORT HER SHE’S WORKING REALLY HARD FOR HER REAL FANS.Let’s make missy #1 WHEN SHE DROPS THANKS @jonblu32

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  16. topbird

    please take it easy missy….. we love u xx

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  17. dasdasdsad

    Hope she will get well soon. Damn she rocked on Exit fest last year…

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  18. Get Real

    Missy illness is not the only reason for her down fall!

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    BLAZE Reply:

    @Get Real, you sad bitch

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  19. zingardian

    Missy is the sh!t. I’m not even saying that because she’s in a rough situation & I’m pitying her…naw Missy IS really the sh!t and a half and I wish her the best through her struggles and her next triumphs cuz she been killin it for years w/ her out-the-box swag. Love ya!!

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