Missy Elliott revealed that a serious autoimmune disease has kept her from creating music for the last three years.
The "Work It" rapper told People magazine that she’s been battling Graves’ disease ever since 2008. She shared that her first signs of having the condition, which affects the thyroid, came on so quickly that it almost ended in disaster.
“I was (driving and) trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping," Missy said of her first symptoms. "I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed."
She shared that the condition even took a toll on her career at its most basic level, stating, "I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad—I couldn’t even use a pen.”
Missy also suffered hair loss and mood swings as a result of the disease before she decided to seek help through radiation treatment. Since then, her condition has improved enough to where she was able to stop taking medication, but she realizes that she’ll never be cured.
“I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising," Missy said. "My thyroid is functioning, so I haven’t had to take medication in about nine months. (But) you live with it for the rest of your life.”
— Sonya Eskridge