Missy Elliott: “I Have A Thyroid Disease”

Missy Elliott wearing gold hoopsWhat is Graves’ disease?

Hip-hop star Missy Elliott disclosed a few years ago that she has Graves disease, an incurable autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid.

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After keeping her condition private for years, the ‘Work It’ singer confessed to the world that she was originally diagnosed with the disease in 2008, undergoing treatment after a sudden loss of muscle control.

“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,” Missy says. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad — I couldn’t even use a pen.”