Wendy Williams Opens Up About Her Battle With Graves Disease

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During her comeback taping, the talk show host had Dr. Oz come out to discuss her health condition during a Hot Topics segment.

Williams has opened up about how her health struggles have impacted her sense of womanhood, changing her perspective on the societal norms ascribed to femininity and being a mother. "I find that one thing that women have in common across the board is we tend to take care of our children, our parents, our neighbors, before we take care of ourselves". "He's the one who handles the thyroid and the Graves". "And I went [to the endocrinologist] in February and that's where I found, 'Whoa, your levels are way off'".

"I love doing the show, but I love me more", she said.

Williams said the experience taught her that she can no longer put herself last and she's encouraging other women to take better care of themselves as well. Williams said she was subject to "a battery of tests" relating to her hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease.

"My doctor has prescribed - are you ready? - as of today, three weeks of vacation", the mom of one said, adding that she was "pissed" after being told the news. "I can't believe that I got up after the commercial break and closed out the show".




Actor Jerry O'Connellfilled in for Williams during the hiatus, which is the first time Williams has had a guest host in the history of the 10-year-old show.

Williams revealed that she canceled the doctor's appointment, originally scheduled for December, in favor of attending a business meeting. "That manicure and pedicure can wait", Williams advised her audience, before saying to Dr. Oz, "Thank you for helping save my life!" "It was just. just a mess going on inside my body".

On February 21, Williams announced that she would be taking time off to address medical issues.

Prior to returning to daytime TV, Williams opened up in an interview with Good Morning America about what led to her taking almost a month off of work.

She admitted that she did not prioritize her health before learning about her diagnosis. "My son Kevin and also my husband Kevin [Hunter], the love of my life", whom she credits with saving hers.

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