*After announcing to People magazine her 2008 diagnosis of Graves’ Disease this week, Missy Elliott will discuss her condition in further detail – as well as her weight issues, and being sexually molested as a child – on a new episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” premiering next week.
As previously reported, Missy told People that the symptoms of Graves’– including mood swings and weight loss — affected her quickly and unexpectedly.
“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,” Elliott said. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad — I couldn’t even use a pen.”
Elliott has been going through radiation and exercising, which fortunately has improved her condition. “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.”
As Missy continues as a champ, fighting through her autoimmune disease, which unfortunately has no cure as of yet, she’s working on new music with long time friend and collaborator, Timbaland.
Elliott’s “Behind the Music” will air on Wednesday, June 29 at 10 p.m.