Rap visionary Missy Elliott has come forth with information on her battle with Graves’ Disease. The ‘Get Ur Freak On’ rapper has been suffering from the autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid since 2008.
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Talking with People Magazine, Missy discusses how the crippling disease struck suddenly.
I was [driving and] trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping. I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed,” the Virginia rapper-producer reportedly told People Magazine. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad — I couldn’t even use a pen.”
Enduring radiation and steady exercise has improved her situation.
“I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising.” Elliott continues. “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.”
Elliott is reportedly in the studio with long time collaborator Timbaland working on new music for herself and other artist. She will be featured on VH1’s Behind The Music on Wednesday June 29, where she will discuss her battle with Graves disease, weight issues, and being sexually molested as a child.