“Gossip Folks” is more than the title of one of Missy Elliot’s biggest hits. The game-changing producer, songwriter, rapper and singer had to deal with some “gossip folks” in real life after being M.I.A from the music scene battling a serious health condition: Graves’ disease.

“I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen,” the Grammy-winning artist told People magazine.

Elliot was diagnosed with the condition in 2008 after involuntary jerking in her leg – effects of the disease – caused her to nearly crash her car.

After making the diagnosis public in 2011, many were unfamiliar with this debilitating disease. Here are some of the facts:

What Is Graves’ Disease?

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland. According to the Mayo Clinic, Graves’ disease happens when too much thyroid hormone is produced, also known as hyperthyroidism.

What Are The Symptoms?

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