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Wendy Williams Confesses She's Been Diagnosed with Lymphedema

Mary Scott
Jul 09, 2019
02:35 P.M.

Wendy Williams has revealed that she’s been diagnosed with Lymphedema, and even though the condition adds to a growing list of health concerns she’s faced in recent times, the talk show host remains cheerful.


Wendy fans will recall that earlier this year, she took a break from her show because of several health issues, and on Monday when she returned from a shorter hiatus, it was to inform her fans about another.

Wendy Williams attends Wendy Digital Event at Atlanta Tech Village Rooftop on Aug. 29, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

Wendy Williams attends Wendy Digital Event at Atlanta Tech Village Rooftop on Aug. 29, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

The 54-year-old was talking about her swollen ankles in recent paparazzi photos when she explained that it was due to Lymphedema.

She told the audience:

“Lymphedema, by the way, I’ve been diagnosed. It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine — and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all. It’s Lymphedema.”



The crowd grew quiet after Wendy’s confession, but she remained cheerful and assured them that everything was under control. The TV queen even managed to joke about the machine that helps her manage the condition.

“I’ve got it under control. If [the swelling] in my feet never goes all the way down, at least I have this machine,” she explained. “I sit for 45 minutes a day, and believe me, it’s the best party entertainer ever. Everybody [that] comes over wants to do it.”



According to WebMD, Lymphedema is a swelling that is caused by a collection of too much lymph fluid. The swelling mostly occurs in the arms and legs but can happen in other parts of the body as well, sometimes causing pain and impairing movement in the affected areas.

Accumulation of lymph fluid, according to the medical site, can occur if one’s lymph nodes are damaged or blocked, and as of now, Lymphedema has no cure but can be managed.


Wendy’s health has been making headlines as far back as October 2017 when she fainted on live TV during her show. Then, earlier in 2018, she took a three-week break after revealing that she had been diagnosed with Graves’ disease in addition to a previous hyperthyroidism diagnosis.


Earlier this year, Wendy had to take more than two months off work to receive treatment for her Graves’ disease and a shoulder fracture she sustained towards the end of 2018, and in March, she tearfully revealed that she had also been living at a sober house to deal with her addiction issues.


Unfortunately, while battling multiple health issues, Wendy has also been working through her personal life and relationships following her divorce filing from estranged hubby Kevin Hunter.

Kevin reportedly fathered a child with his mistress around the same time his TV host wife was dealing with her health. He has since released a statement saying: “I am not proud of my recent actions” and Wendy recently announced that she’s dating a black doctor in his 50s.

Here’s wishing Wendy the best with her health and relationships.

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