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Missy Elliott Reveals She Has Graves' Disease
The hip-hop star explains why she's been out of the spotlight lately

Female rapper Missy Elliott has never been one to be shy about speaking her mind. This time around, however, her topic of conversation is less than a lighthearted one.

According to Perez Hilton, the star opened up during filming for VH1's Behind the Music (her episode is serving as the season premiere), in an intimate interview  about how she quietly coped with her diagnosis of Graves' disease. Basically, it is a major autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid. Some symptoms and side effects include extreme fatigue, restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, double vision, and many others.

The episode will also cover the darker moments in her past, such as the constant sexual abuse she endured from a family member as well living and escaping from a violently abusive father.

Continuing on the topic of Graves', Missy speaks to People magazine,

"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... I couldn't write because my nervous system was so bad - I couldn't even use a pen....My thyroid is functioning, so I haven't had to take medication in about nine months. (But) You live with it the rest of your life."

On a brighter note, Missy then talks about how she's lost 30 lbs all through exercise and is working on new music with Timbaland for her next album. We're rootin' for 'ya!

Check out Missy Elliott on the season premiere of Behind the Music on June 29th.