Famous rap singer Missy Elliot has been fighting Graves disease for almost three years. But, as she told the press herself, this hasn’t slowed her career down, Reuters reports. The good news is that her condition recently improved.
Missy Elliott’s disease has been diagnosed in 2008 and some media reports that were recently released speculate that the disease may have been the cause in the delay of a next album. However, the rap star says in a statement that her illness hasn’t been an obstacle in her career. “I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease about three years ago, but it really hasn’t slowed me down at all.”
Her fans will find out more about Elliott’s condition in a taped interview in which the singer will give more details about Graves disease and her dealing with it. She will tell how the disease caused her hair to fall and her nervous system to shut down. The interview is set to air in VH1 on June 29, during the “Behind the Music” show.
On Friday, Missy Elliott stated that her condition recently improved. Under the doctor’s close supervision, she has been off medication for some time and is following the rules of a healthy lifestyle to help held back the symptoms. “I’ve been off medication for about a year and I’m completely managing the condition through diet and exercise,” Elliott said.
Graves disease is caused by a hormonal imbalance in the thyroid. The gland produces thyroxin in excess, leading to change in appearance and energy level. Although the condition cannon be cured, the symptoms can be controlled with medication and a healthy lifestyle overall.
Missy Elliott has been in the spotlight since 1990. Her most popular hits incude Get Ur Freak On, No More Drama, Work It. She has won four Grammy Awards and her last album, The Cookbook, has been released in 2005. After a long pause in the studio, she is currently working on a new album called Block Party, with notorious rapper and produce Timbaland.
Since she has been diagnosed, Elliott has been touring Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia and has written and produced a series of songs for artists such as Monica, Keysha Cole and Jazmine Sullivan.