Celebrities With Graves Disease: Survivors, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Celebrities With Graves Disease. We continue blogging about celebrities focusing this time on famous people who are living with Graves Disease, a disorder in the immune system which results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones.

It’s symptoms include the following:

  • hyperactivity
  • mood swings – such as anxiety, irritability and nervousness
  • insomnia
  • feeling tired all the time (fatigue)
  • muscle weakness
  • needing to pass stools or urine more frequently
  • excess fats in your stools – which can make them greasy and difficult to flush down the toilet (steatorrhoea)
  • sensitivity to heat and excess sweating
  • unexplained or unexpected weight loss – despite having an increased appetite (though in a small number of cases, the increase in appetite can lead to weight gain)
  • very infrequent or light periods, or periods stopping altogether
  • infertility
  • loss of interest in sex, reduced libido, or erectile dysfunction

Here’s our list of celebrities with Graves disease:

Missy Elliot, singer. The Grammy Award-winning artist was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease following a near-accident after a loss of muscle control. She says of the incident: “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.”

Missy talked about her disease in this interview with Sway in the Morning. Watch:

Here’s our transcript for the interview:

Question: You had a brush with mortality with what is it, Graves Disease? Did you at any point feel like, this disease might take me out?

“I was scared. Anybody who has Graves’ disease you feel like, you’re gonna be out of here. And for me when you say, ‘You gotta take the radiation’ you really feel you’ll be out of here. You know. Then you go.. my eyes change, your hair falls out. Your skin changes. Everything.

“Me, that was traumatic. I remember doing in the studio with Monica doing that record and I cannot write the words down because your nervous system breaks down. You shake so bad. So she was like, Missy I got it, I will write for you. She was there for me during that time. I so appreciate Monica. That was a very difficult time.

“And then, you know, I deal with high blood pressure too. So it just felt like everything was happening at once.

“But not to take you out to church but God allows things to happen. However, I felt like he was dealing with me in whatever way or maybe protecting me from something. So I had to sit out. And I feel like too this is a good time because everything feels saturated so when you come out, you come out with a refreshed mind.”

Faith Ford, actress. The Emmy-nominated actress was diagnosed with Graves disease in 1988. In this video interview, she tells us how she was diagnosed with Graves and how she is managing her condition:

Here’s a “transcript” for the interview:

Faith Ford: “I started to lose weight. I started to feel weak more than usual. Except I was eating more than usual. So I was like, “Why am I losing weight and eating more?” That sounds like a quality problem. But let me tell you when you got a rapid heart rate, your hot when everybody else is cold, you start to get a little nervous.

“And I don’t know what was going on. But I tried to ignore it and shove it aside to… nervous jitters, to doing the show and everything. Then finally one night, it just all intensified and I called the paramedics in. We were about to do a show and Candice said to me, “Faith, you gotta go to the doctor”. And I said, “You know you are right.”