Television host Wendy Williams has announced that she will be taking a three-week hiatus from her daytime talk show as a result of a recent health diagnosis.
The 53-year-old, who was already dealing with hyperthyroid issues, was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, Graves’ disease is a common immune system disorder of the butterfly-shaped gland in the throat, which results in hyperthyroidism.Wendy Williams
“I go twice a year to my endocrinologist — to all my doctors, as a matter of fact, because I’m paranoid. My thyroid has been totally caddywhompus, and that is the eye thing that you all have been seeing. You caught it before I did.”
She went on to say that she first attributed her symptoms to going through menopause and the stresses of her son applying to colleges.
“Graves’ disease squeezes the muscles behind your eyeballs, so that’s the reason for [my eyes getting big], along with weight loss … nervousness … anxiety … irritability … moist hands … trouble sleeping … difficulty swallowing … rapid heartbeat … and intolerance for heat.”
The host explained that while she can relate to the muscles behind her eyeballs spasming, the rapid heartbeat, being irritable, and having trouble sleeping, she hasn’t experienced any of the other symptoms.
On October 31, 2017, Williams passed out during her live television show while dressed as Lady Liberty for Halloween, Dearly previously reported.Wendy Williams/Instagram
The following day, she explained that she overheated because she was going through menopause. She also assured her audience that the scary experience was not a stunt:
“I’m a 53-year-old middle-aged woman going through what middle-aged women go through, if you know what I mean. The costume got hot. All the sudden, right before passing out, I felt like I was in the middle of a campfire.”
Williams then sent a message to other women, specifically moms who put everything else before themselves, saying “stop putting everyone else before yourself, because if we’re not good, they’re not good.”