Wendy Williams is dealing with some serious health issues, but she is facing it head-on. The host of the Wendy Williams Show shared the news on Monday morning’s episode of the show.
Wendy Williams, who took a lengthy hiatus due to health concerns earlier this year, revealed that she has been diagnosed with lymphoedema. She revealed the news with visual evidence: paparazzi shots that showed her swollen ankles.
“Lymphoedema, by the way, I’ve been diagnosed,” she told the crowd on Monday, explaining why her ankles were puffy in the images. “It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine — and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, lymphoedema is a chronic condition that causes swelling. It is usually in the arms or legs, and it happens when someone’s lymphatic system is compromised.
The situation can be caused by lymph nodes bing damaged or removed, which can cause a blockage that creates the swelling. As of right now, there is no cure, but it can be managed with early diagnosis.
She reassured her fans that she doing alright despite the new diagnosis, which is added to her struggle with hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease. She joked that the machine that helps alleviate her swelling is a huge hit at parties.
“I’ve got it under control. If [the swelling] in my feet never goes all the way down, at least I have this machine,” she explained. “I sit for 45 minutes a day. It’s the best party entertainer ever. Everybody [that] comes over wants to do it.”
In February, she announced that she was diagnosed with Graves’, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. She had already been aware of previous thyroid issues of which she was previously aware.
“Graves’ disease squeezes the muscles behind the eyeballs,” she explained at the time, adding that it has made her eyeballs twitch.
Upon learning of her Graves’ diagnosis, she spent a month away on doctor’s orders. The show produced original episodes with a variety of hosts serving in her absence, including Nick Cannon, Michael Rapaport, and Jerry O’Connell.