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Missy Elliott has revealed that she was diagnosed with Graves disease ― an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid ― in 2008.

Missy has been in and out of the spotlight lately and fans have been eagerly awaiting her return to music. The “Work It” rapper shared the details of her illness with People magazine, admitting that the disease hit her unexpectedly and curtailed her plans of a comeback. 

“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 of the moments she realized she was sick. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad ― I couldn’t even use a pen.”

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Missy continues to go through radiation and began stepping up her work out regimen which has helped improved her condition. “I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising.” Missy said. “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.”

Missy is continuing onward and upward, working with friend and collaborator Timbaland on new music and starring on an upcoming episode of VH1’s “Behind The Music” where she will discuss her disease, her weight and being sexually molested as a child.

You can catch the special on June 29th at 10 p.m.

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Missy Elliott reveals she was diagnosed with Graves disease in 2008.

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Missy Elliott reveals she was diagnosed with Graves disease in 2008.

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Missy Elliott reveals she was diagnosed with Graves disease in 2008 and is making new music with Timbaland. 

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