Missy Elliot, the hip-hop star largely absent from the spotlight in recent years, has revealed she is battling Graves' disease. Missy Elliot, still considered one of the biggest female artists in the US, has suffered with the illness that affects the thyroid for the past three years, reports People Magazine.
The Grammy Award-winner says the disease first began affecting her motor skills, followed by a string of symptoms that included dizzy spells, lumps in the throat, mood swings, bulging eyes, hair loss and a fast heart rate. Speaking about her struggle with the disease, Elliot said, "You live with it for the rest of your life". However, the singer says after undergoing radiation combined with medication she's feeling much better, adding, "I'm 30 lbs lighter because I've been exercising. My thyroid is functioning, so I haven't had to take medication in about nine months". The disease, which has a powerful hereditary component, is said to be between five and ten times more common in females than in males. The British comedian Marty Feldman and the American actress Faith Ford are other notable individuals to have suffered from Graves disease.
Missy Elliot will be the subject of VH1's 'Behind the Music' premiering on 29th June 2011. The singer's seventh studio album 'Block Party' is scheduled to be release in 2011, despite initially intended to hit shelves in 2007