Missy Elliott: Graves' disease hasn't slowed me down

Jun 25, 2011 at 12:50 a.m. ET

Missy Elliott cleared up some rumors about her fight with Graves' disease -- she's thriving, not struggling.

Fans were floored earlier this week when hip hop star Missy Elliott broke her silence about her secret battle with Graves' disease.

Missy Elliott talks about Graves' disease

"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," Elliott told People of her struggle.

"I couldn't write because my nervous system was so bad," Elliott, 39, continued. "I couldn't even use a pen."

However, she's learned to successfully manage her Graves' disease with the help of her doctor -- and now she's speaking out to clear up any confusion about her illness.

"There have been some inaccuracies reported in regards to my diagnosis with Graves' disease, so I wanted to clear things up. I was diagnosed with Graves' disease about three years ago but it really hasn't slowed me down at all," Elliott told SheKnows in a statement.

"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."

So it's obvious that it hasn't slowed down the notoriously busy superstar.

"And on top of all that, I'm working on my new album. I feel great. 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."

Keep at it, Missy: You're an inspiration.

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