“Gossip Folks” is more than the title of one of Missy Elliott’s biggest hits. The game-changing producer, songwriter, rapper and singer had to deal with some “gossip folks” in real life after being M.I.A from the music scene battling a serious health condition: Graves’ disease.
“I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen,” the Grammy-winning artist told People magazine.
Elliott was diagnosed with the condition in 2008 after involuntary jerking in her leg – effects of the disease – caused her to nearly crash her car.
But it wasn’t her first medical scare. Back in 2002, Elliott lost 71 pounds after doctors warned she could suffer a stroke if she didn’t lose weight. Missy has since made exercise and a healthy diet that limits fried foods, bread and sugar a part of her daily lifestyle.
After making the Graves’ Disease diagnosis public in 2011, many were unfamiliar with this debilitating disease. Here are some of the facts:
What Is Graves’ Disease?
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland. According to the Mayo Clinic, Graves’ disease happens when too much thyroid hormone is produced, also known as hyperthyroidism.
What Are The Symptoms?
The symptoms include: double vision, insomnia, fatigue, muscle weakness, rapid heart rate and…