Missy Elliot: Graves' Disease "Hasn't Slowed Me Down"

Celebrity Body Jun. 24, 2011 AT 7:56PM
Missy Elliot: Graves' Disease "Hasn't Slowed Me Down" Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

She's still workin' it! 

Missy Elliot might have Graves' disease, but it's sure not holding her back.

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The 39-year-old hiphop star was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease three years ago. Its symptoms can include nervousness, tremors, excessive sweating, weight loss and palpitations. "It really hasn't slowed me down at all," Elliot said in a statement.

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"I rocked my performance on VH1 Hip Hop Honors' tribute to Timbaland last year," she added. "I've written and produced a bunch of Grammy-nominated, number one hits for artists like Keyshia Cole, Monica and Jasmine Sullivan. I toured the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia."

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The "Get Ur Freak On" singer has even been off medication for about a year. "On top of all that, I'm working on my new album," she said. "I feel great… I'm completely managing the condition through diet and exercise."

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