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Wendy Williams is Forced to Take 3 Weeks Off After This Frightening Diagnosis

Wendy Williams is Forced to Take 3 Weeks Off After This Frightening Diagnosis

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Last week, Wendy Williams cancelled a few shows, claiming that she felt “flu-ish”, and her doctors recommended that she take some time off. Williams wasn’t happy about leaving her fans hanging, especially since she’s “never” taken sick time off from her show. A week has gone by since Wendy’s hiatus, and we now know the real reason for her absence. The 53-year-old has been diagnosed with Graves’ disease.

Wendy revealed the diagnosis on Wednesday’s episode of her show, telling the audience that her doctor prescribed her a three-week break to focus on the autoimmune disease and her hyperthyroidism.


Though Wendy has battled a thyroid condition for quite some time, she admitted that recently, her thyroid had been acting "totally cattywampus."

Initially, Wendy thought her symptoms were a result of menopause and stress over helping her son apply to colleges. However, as some fans noted, the signs were there, and things were much more severe than Wendy cared to admit.


"You caught it before I did," she told her audience, and some followers had noted symptoms with the talk show host’s eye, which indicated a larger problem with her health.

"Graves’ disease squeezes the muscles behind your eyeballs." Williams said. Rapid heartbeat, irritability and trouble sleeping were some of the other symptoms Wendy said she was experiencing as a result of the disease.

Clearly, Wendy has learned a huge lesson from this experience, and urged her female followers to take better care of themselves, too.

"So what I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone first," she said. “'Cause if we're not good, they're not good."

In true Wendy fashion, however, she put up a good fight- saying that she’d be back in two weeks instead of her doctor-ordered three.

"I'm gonna fix that," she said. "I'll be back in two. I'm not an heiress. Who's gonna pay my bills?"

Wendy also took to Instagram to thank everyone for their support.

"I guess when you don't take a sick day EVER in 25 years the ground is supposed to shake! LOL!" she wrote. "I ride or die for my craft. I appreciate all of the tremendous love and support from everyone—especially my incredible staff."

We’ll certainly miss Wendy while she’s off the air, but it sounds like she’ll be back before we know it!