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Wendy Williams is back on her talk show this week after a three-week hiatus ordered by her doctor. The 52-year-old talk show host says that she knew that she had both hyperthyroidism and Graves’s disease for over 20 years but mixing that with menopause is what caused her collapse and subsequent illness.

People.com reports:

We, as women, particularly if — we have families, you know, we’re taking care of children, we’re taking care of, you know, home, our husbands, we take care of everybody but ourselves,” Williams told GMA’s Amy Robach.

“And it’s really unfortunate. And that — that is something that has no socioeconomic thing to it. No matter what — no matter what the woman’s status is, it seems like we’re all in the same boat,” she continued, adding that “I’m not doing that anymore.”

“Wendy first,” she remarked.

Opening up to PEOPLE in this week’s issue, Williams reveals that she was first diagnosed with Graves’ disease — an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid — and hyperthyroidism 19 years ago, but that she’s feeling much better since taking some time for herself.

“I feel a hundred percent better than I was a few months ago. I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it,” says Williams.

“It came from me neglecting my six month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don’t necessarily have to have the other, but I have both, and I was diagnosed with both 19 years ago,” she adds.

Williams had previously revealed that she canceled the doctor’s appointment, which was originally scheduled for December, in favor of attending a business meeting.

 

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