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Missy Elliott Battles Graves' Disease

Missy speaks on her road to recovery...
If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t heard a new Missy Elliott track yet, it’s because the rap diva has been suffering with Graves’ disease since 2008.

The out-of-the-box hitmaker tells People magazine that being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease was a total shock, but she knew something was wrong when she almost got into a car accident one day. “I was trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping. I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed,” she said.

The disease also affected Missy’s work. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad,” she said.

As a result of her declining health, Missy took matters into her own hands and started getting healthy. “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.”

Now that she’s better, Missy is looking forward to getting back behind the mic. Look out for more of her story on VH1’s “Behind the Music” airing Wednesday, June 29th at 10 pm.

We’re glad you’re better, Missy!