Missy Elliot is known as a talented and fun artist responsible for giving the world hits that made it dance. But recently, the rapper and producer got serious as she disclosed that she has been struggling with her health.

In an interview with PEOPLE magazine, Missy revealed that she has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition called Graves’ disease. Graves is an autoimmune condition that can often cause hand tremors, rapid heartbeat and insomnia. The disease can make performing everyday tasks extremely difficult. In her interview Missy said:

“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. … I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad — I couldn’t even use a pen.”

Missy says the disease has also been responsible for her hair loss and weigh loss.

“I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising. 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.”

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This year Missy is planning her return to the spotlight with her album “Block Party” slated for release later this year. While she is normally private when it comes to her personal life, Missy will be talking about learning to living with Graves in an upcoming episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. According to the show’s producer, Brad Abramson, Missy also talks about being sexually abused as a child and the impact it has had on her life.

Missy is definitely a strong woman and we hope that she stays in good health.

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  • ChezCerise

    I suffer from Hashimoto’s disease which is another thryroid disorder similar to Graves. I feel for her. It is not fun.

  • Alexandra

    I loved Missy’s music growing up! Also glad she made a choice to take control of what she could. I can’t wait for her Behind the Music episode.

  • Go Missy! We’re rooting for you girl!