Missy Elliott: Living With Graves’ Disease

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott embarked on her music career with all-female R&B group in the early 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and producer Timbaland with whom she worked on projects for hit singers like Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV. Following several guest collaborative work, in 1997, she launched her solo career with the release of her debut album Supa Dupa Fly, which spawned a number of hit singles including “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and “Sock It 2 Me”.

“Gossip Folks” is more than the title of one of Missy Elliott’s biggest hits. The 46-year-old game-changing producer, songwriter, rapper and singer had to deal with some “gossip folks” in real life after being missing in action from the music scene for a couple of years 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…