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Missy Elliott reveals she suffers from thyroid disease
In an interview with People, the 39-year-old revealed that she has been suffering from Graves' Disease for at least the last three years. It's a debilitating illness that attacks the thyroid gland and autoimmune system, and cause mood swings and hair loss for the MC.
â€œI couldnâ€™t write because my nervous system was so bad â€“ I couldnâ€™t even use a pen," she told the magazine. She underwent some radiation and medication to treat the disease and is now 30 lbs. lighter and doesn't have to be on meds.
Elliott said she has been working on some new material for a new album called "Block Party" with Timbaland. It'll be her first set since 2005's "The Cookbook." She is also the subject of VH1's "Behind the Music" episode on June 29.
UPDATE: Elliot has released a statement, duscussing her condition. â€œThere have been some inaccuracies reported in regards to my diagnosis with Graveâ€™s Disease, so I wanted to clear things up," she says. "I was diagnosed with Graveâ€™s Disease about three years ago but it really hasnâ€™t slowed me down at all. I rocked my performance on VH1 Hip Hop Honorsâ€™ tribute to Timbaland last year. Iâ€™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, Iâ€™m working on my new album. I feel great. Under my doctorâ€™s supervision, Iâ€™ve been off medication for about a year and Iâ€™m completely managing the condition through diet and exercise.â€