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Missy Elliott: Graves' disease didn't slow me down

If you haven’t seen Missy Elliott out and about over the past three years, it’s because you didn’t know where to look.

The hip-hop artist has released a statement clarifying that while she does suffer from the autoimmune disorder Graves' disease, it didn’t cause her to press pause on her career.

Elliott reveled earlier that she was diagnosed with the disease, which affects the thyroid, in 2008, and saw it impact her motor skills and lead to hair loss, bulging eyes, a rapid heart rate and dizzy spells.

And yet even with those symptoms, the 39-year-old says she worked through it.

“There have been some inaccuracies reported in regards to my diagnosis with Grave’s Disease, so I wanted to clear things up,” she says in a statement. “I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease about three years ago but it really hasn’t slowed me down at all.”

The “Work It” artist goes on to check off all the things she’s been up to: “I rocked my performance on VH1 Hip Hop Honors’ tribute to Timbaland last year. I’ve written and produced a bunch of Grammy-nominated, #1 hits for artists like Keyshia Cole, Monica and Jasmine Sullivan. I toured the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.”

All of that, and she says she’s been working on her new album.

“I feel great,” she assures fans. “Under my doctor’s supervision, I’ve been off medication for about a year and I’m completely managing the condition [through] diet and exercise.”