Missy Elliot: Graves’ Disease
Melissa Elliott is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. A five-time Grammy Award-winner, Elliott is known for a series of hits and diverse music videos. There’s a reason why Missy Elliot stepped out of the spotlight for a while. Elliott told People magazine that her absence from the music industry was due to a hyperthyroid disorder known as Graves’ disease. This is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland and can cause such symptoms as fatigue, goiter, and eye problems. She was so sick at one point that she couldn’t write or drive a car. There is no cure for the disease, but there are treatments that seem to be helping her live her life.