Missy Elliott Says Graves Disease Kept Her From Music

Missy Elliott has been MIA from the music scene for the past few years but there’s a serious reason why. The rapper/singer/songwriter/producer has revealed to People magazine (the current issue which is only on newsstands) that she has been set back by Graves disease.

Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid. Elliot, 39, says the ailment was so debilitating that she couldn’t even write or drive a car.

“I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed,” she tells People, adding that she couldn’t “even use a pen.” Elliott revealed that she also suffered severe mood swings, dizzy spells, lumps in her throat, bulging eyes and hair loss.

Radiation treatments have helped her cope with the symptoms (Graves’ is incurable), and so has exercise. “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.”

Hopefully she gets well enough to come back to the music scene, we miss her. Wouldn’t a Missy/Nicki Minaj collabo be cool?

In other news, Elliott will be featured in the June 29 season premiere of VH1’s Behind the Music.

Props to USA Today.