Missy Elliott reveals battle with Graves’ disease

It’s no secret that the world of music has been missing Missy Elliott‘s presence for the last couple of years. Dubbed the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum as well as over seven million record sales, the radio silence that ensued may have come as a surprise to loyal fans.

Missy recently revealed to People Magazine that this has been largely due to a battle with Graves’, a major autoimmune disease. First diagnosed with the disease in 2008, her difficulty with motor skills was followed by a list of symptoms the likes of dizzy spells, mood swings, hair loss and a fast heart rate.

The disease may not be familiar to a lot of people but it can cause a long list of unpleasant symptoms. Essentially, the disease causes too much thyroid hormone to be produced, causing rapid heart rate, weight loss and double vision just to name a few. Those with Graves’ disease however have an added problem in that their immune systems attack the thyroid gland.

Although Missy Elliott was diagnosed with the disease she has still been in very active in the music industry despite several exaggerated detail being reported. The artist released a statement yesterday clearing up any exaggerations about her condition.
“There have been some inaccuracies reported in regards to my diagnosis with Grave’s Disease, so I wanted to clear things up. I was diagnosed with Grave’s 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 Jasmine Sullivan. I toured the UK, 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.”