Is there a cure for Graves' disease, or is it as scary as it sounds?
After Wendy Williams took her Graves’ disease diagnosis public last month, it raised several questions about the immune system disorder. Specifically, many are now wondering what the future might hold for the talk show host. Is there a cure for Graves’ disease? Right now, there’s no definitive way to get rid of the condition, but there’s definitely hope for those who struggle with it.
Today, Williams will be returning to her show to talk to Good Morning America about her health journey. She’ll also be discussing how women tend to put others first before they take care of their own health.
“We, as women, particularly if — we have families, you know, we’re taking care of children, we’re taking care of, you know, home, our husbands, we take care of everybody but ourselves,” Williams tells GMA.
She added, “And it’s really unfortunate. And that — that is something that has no socioeconomic thing to it. No matter what — no matter what the woman’s status is, it seems like we’re all in the same boat,” she continued, adding that “I’m not doing that anymore. Wendy first.”
Williams exclusively told PEOPLE that she’s feeling much better — although only after prioritizing her health.
“I feel a hundred percent better than I was a few months ago. I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it,” Williams told PEOPLE. “It came from me neglecting my six month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don’t necessarily have to have the other, but I have both, and I was diagnosed with both 19 years ago,” she added.
Untreated, Graves’ disease can be scary to deal with. Often involving hyperthyroidism, the Mayo Clinic says it can cause symptoms like heart palpitations and changes in one’s skin, as well as excessive sweating, high blood pressure, and muscle weakness — all things that can be pretty hard to live with on a daily basis. But there are many ways to treat the disease and fortunately, when it’s managed properly, those who suffer can live perfectly healthy lives, just as if they didn’t have Graves’ disease at all.
According to the American Thyroid Association, the right medication can make the thyroid function normally, which would effectively get rid of those nasty symptoms. However, the underlying cause of Graves’ disease will still remain, so only remission is possible right now.
The site explains:
Unfortunately, Graves’ disease does require lifelong care. This is especially important because untreated, it can have some serious consequences, including death in rare cases. However, when Graves’ disease is treated, most patients can live happy, healthy lives.
Graves’ disease can definitely be hard to deal with, but it’s great to know that treatment is out there — and maybe, one day there will be a cure.