Wendy Williams Details How Graves Disease Diagnosis Has Changed Her Life

Casey Dawson
March 20, 2018

Early in the morning, Good Morning America will air a recent interview with Williams that marks her first interview since taking a leave of absence.

Later on Monday's show, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Williams' network mate on Fox and fellow New Jerseyan, visited the show to talk about the health conditions Williams is facing.

In a sit-down interview with GMA's Amy Robach, Williams explained how she feels women have an "unfortunte" tendency of taking care of everyone around them before focusing on themselves.

She will be returning to her talk show today, will YOU be tuning in??

New York's toughest TV talker was on a break while a team of physicians treated her for health problems, including the autoimmune disorder Graves' disease, which can cause overproduction of thyroid hormones.

"There's was just a mess going on inside my body", she explained, noting that her "levels were way off".

"I love doing the show, but I love me more. So I'm going to take care of me, so I can be there for them", she told PEOPLE. The television personality fainted during an episode of her show in October. "Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves' disease for many years in addition to hyperthyroidism". Williams missed a series of appointments with her endocrinologist because the self-described workaholic felt like she couldn't slow down and it was taking a serious toll on her body.

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As RadarOnline.com readers know, Williams had previously opened up about her Graves disease diagnosis, saying she has known about it for almost twenty years!

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.

"Extra" caught up with Oz on his way into the show, where he said Wendy was doing remarkably well and he was very proud of her.

She left her fans with one last message before hitting the small screen for her highly anticipated return. "Go to the doctor, get that checked out", Williams told her viewers. When she informed him it was "sweeps" he replied, "Do you want to be swept?"

"You saved your life, I'll make it real simple", Oz, who lives in Cliffside Park, told Williams.

She then noted that she was putting her health first and urged others to do the same.

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