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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Missy Elliott thanks fans for love following Graves’ disease revelation


U.S. hip-hop singer Missy Elliott performs onstage during the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux July 5, 2010. (VALENTIN FLAURAUD - REUTERS)
Hip-hop star Missy Elliott took to Twitter Thursday to thank her fans for sending their love following the announcement that she suffers from Graves’ disease.

Thank yall for all the Love yall have shown me! *TearsofJoy* I love yall so much! Have a Beautiful Day *Hugz*less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

In an interview with People, Elliott revealed that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder, which affects the thyroid, in 2008. “You live with it for the rest of your life,” she told the magazine. Following the article’s release, Elliott thanked her fans on Twitter for their support, saying, “Thank yall for the love yall have shown me! *TearsofJoy* I love yall so much!” Fans are using the hashtag #prayFOR missy to send well-wishes.

The Grammy-winner, who hasn’t released an album since 2005, said she was treated with radiation and medication. “My thyroid is functioning, so I haven't had to take medication in about nine months,” she said.

Elliott’s new album, “Block Party,” is expected this year. A “Behind the Music” episode about the musician will air on VH1 next Wednesday.

I'm doing well feeling Great! Me and @Timbaland working hard 4 yall 2! Love yall!!! Let's Go *missystudiovoice* TTYLless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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