Wendy Williams breaks silence on her struggle with Graves' disease

Monica Otayza
Jun 29, 2018
04:01 A.M.
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The TV host's life completely changed after her Graves' disease started "creeping back" last year. 


According to  Page Six, Wendy made a video message to show at the Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation 2018 Patients and Family Conference,  and she shared how the disease came back after the medication she was taking to control it was the wrong dose. 

19 years ago, Williams was diagnosed with both Graves' and thyroid disease. And while everything seemed to have been going well after undergoing treatment, she said that symptoms started appearing again last year.


" Everything was fine. I had the radioactive iodine [medication], taking my pill a day, minding my own business. Then back in the fall or maybe around July of last year, I started feeling weird in the head but I’m thinking, ‘OK, this is maybe a casualty of menopause or we were ramping up for season nine of the ‘Wendy Show.’ So, it wasn’t until I passed out on my own show [in October] that … Anyway, life has completely changed."

When she consulted her doctor about the problem, they found out that she has actually been taking the wrong dose. 


“The doctors tell me it’s going to take at least six months, maybe a year, to level off my medication, which is why I always wear flats. I’m not wearing heels and falling and tripping.” 

Last October while taping her Halloween episode of "The Wendy Show", Williams collapsed on-camera while wearing a Statue of Liberty costume which terrified her fans. In February, she announced that she was taking a three week hiatus on doctors' orders. 

Now that she has been taking the right dosage of medicine and now that she is feeling much better, "The Wendy Show" is back on air. However, it has been temporarily replaced by the FIFA World Cup, and returns this Monday.