We all noticed when the “Queen of Rap,” disappeared from the scene over 7 years ago. Little was said in the news about Missy Elliott falling off the map. Then, out of nowhere, she appears on one of the biggest days in television, the superbowl! It’s amazing that her surprise appearance wasn’t liked into the media. While, it was Katy Perry’s Superbowl half time show, people couldn’t stop talking about Missy Elliott’s return to the stage.
(To See Missy Perform go to 8:00 minutes in – this is the only video I could find)
It was apparent that Missy was thinner while performing her hits this past Sunday. At the end of her performance she thanks the fans for being patient while she silently battles a thyroid condition known as “Graves’ Disease.” The images below are taken from the Daily Mail. The before and afters of Missy Elliott are taken from a previous shot then the most recent from her instagram page.
Here’s a short clip of Missy Performing at the H&M Runway show for Alexander Wang’s clothing line
Missy Elliott and Graves’ Disease
Grave’s Disease is a rare autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. The thryroid is the control center for many things but mainly your hormones and also your metabolism. In the case of Grave’s Disease, your bodies own immune system attacks the thyroid. People with this disease create too much thryoid hormone which can affect the bodies metabolism
Common side affects of Graves’ Disease Are
- Hand Tremors
- Weight Loss
- Excessive Sweating
- Muscle Weakness
- Heart Palpitations
- Mood Swings
She revealed her struggle with Graves’ Disease back in 2011 but was officially diagnosed with the disease back in 2008. The disease was so debilitating that it made it hard for Elliott to do even daily tasks.
‘I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen,’ she says.
The singer initially realized something was wrong when she was driving and her leg started ‘jumping’.
‘I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed,’ she recalls.
The star also suffered severe mood swings, dizzy spells and hair loss; ending up undergoing radiation treatment which improved her condition, along with medication.
‘I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising,’ she reveals. ‘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 (source).’
While there’s no cure for Graves’ Disease, Missy Elliott is hopeful due to the fact that she’s been able to keep it under control. Things like rest and medication and eating a clean diet can make all the difference. If you love this article or love someone with Grave’s Disease, send them some encouragement and share Missy’s story.
We wish Missy Elliott nothing but the best and send our love and gratitude to the woman who made our high school years full of unforgettable and memorable music!