Wendy Williams has been battling with Graves’ Disease, and kept it on the low until recently. She was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder which causes effects such as irritation of the thyroid, muscle weakness, fast heart rate, low heat tolerance, weightloss and insomnia 19 years ago.

During the Graves’ Disease & Thyroid Foundation 2018 Patients and Family Conference, Williams took it upon herself to address the illness in video for all those who can relate. This is the first time she’s truly opened up about how the disorder effects her:

“Everything was fine. I had the radioactive iodine, taking my pill a day, minding my own business. 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 goes on to emphasize the importance of the proper medication dosage. She’s even stopped wearing heels due to her condition which throws off her balance.

“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.”