Wendy Williams says her life “has completely changed” since her Graves’ disease started “creeping back” last year.
The talk show queen said in a video message at the Graves’ Disease & Thyroid Foundation 2018 Patients and Family Conference that the disease — which she had been controlling with medication — returned because she was on the wrong dose.
Williams said that she had been diagnosed with both Graves’ and thyroid disease 19 years ago, “and everything was fine. I had the radioactive iodine [medication], taking my pill a day, minding my own business.” But she said, “Then back in the fall or maybe around July of last year, I started feeling weird in the head but I’m thinking, ‘Ok, this is maybe a casualty of menopause or we were ramping up for season nine of the ‘Wendy Show.’ So, it wasn’t until I passed out on my own show [in October] that … Anyway, life has completely changed,” she said.
Williams said the problem turned out to be that she had been on the wrong dose. Williams told the conference that her illness had even forced her to give up her stilettos.
“The doctors tell me it’s going to take at least six months — maybe a year — to level off my medication, which is why I always wear flats. I’m not wearing heels and falling and tripping,” she said, adding that the illness sometimes makes her off balance.
Williams terrified fans by collapsing on-camera during the taping of the Halloween edition of her beloved show while wearing a Statue of Liberty costume.
In February, she announced that she was taking three weeks off on doctors’ orders.
Williams’ show has been temporarily replaced by the World Cup, but returns Monday.