What has Wendy Williams said about her ongoing health issues?

WENDY Williams has been battling various health issues for nearly two decades.

The talk show host has been candid about her well-being numerous times after needing to take time off from the industry to recuperate, and spoke out on November 8. 

What has Wendy Williams said about her ongoing health issues?

Wendy Williams has been struggling with various illnesses for the past 19 years.

Back in May, Wendy went on a hiatus from her talk show due to health concerns surrounding her Graves' disease.

A spokesperson for her show told People at the time that the star had been "dealing with symptoms from her Graves' disease, which is causing fatigue."

She also confessed to the magazine that she was diagnosed with Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism 19 years ago.

"I feel a hundred percent better than I was a few months ago. I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it," said Williams at the time.

"It came from me neglecting my six-month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves' disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don't necessarily have to have the other, but I have both, and I was diagnosed with both 19 years ago," she added.

Similarly, In March, Wendy showed viewers a close-up of her severely swollen ankles as she suffers from Lymphedema.

Wendy asked for a closeup of her feet and said: "Do you see my feet? Do you see how they barely fit in my shoes even? I have Lymphedema. I've had it now for a few years…

"Mine [my feet] are discolored. They're hardened. I can't wear boots. I can't believe in our comment section people say, why does she walk like that.

"Well if you see me in an airport, you'll be like is that Wendy in a wheelchair? Yup. I can't even walk two city blocks. You know you got the numbness and whatnot. It's not curable…"

She also admitted to not being able to walk two blocks because of the disease.

In 2020, Wendy clapped back at those trolling her Lymphedema during an after-show on Instagram: “Stop asking me about the cankles, I have Lymphedema.

“Stop asking me why I wear sneakers, I have Lymphedema. Stop asking me why my eyes bulge, I’ve got Graves’ disease. Stop asking me, like, dumb mess! Can we connect on a more cerebral level?”

Wendy’s show was scheduled to return on September 20 but was forced to delay due to a Covid-19 diagnosis she had.

Wendy is fully vaccinated despite the diagnosis.

The Covid-19 diagnosis came just days before she was taken to the hospital for "psychiatric services" but she has since been released and is expected to "bounce back stronger than ever."

On Monday, November 8, Wendy took to Instagram to share an update, promising to return to her beloved purple chair. "As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected," she wrote.

"I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready. I want to thank all of my staff and our guest hosts for stepping up and stepping in while I can’t be there. I also want to thank Debmar-Mercury and our stations for being so understanding and supportive while I work my way back."

She concluded her update by thanking her fans. "Most of all, I want to thank my fans. I have heard your prayers and comments and feel all the love! You are everything to me. I love spending my mornings with you all and I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching."

When is the Wendy Williams show going back on air?

The Wendy Williams show was scheduled to return for its 13th season on October 4, 2021 after her Covid diagnosis.

However, the show made an announcement on Thursday, September 30, saying that it will not be returning on October 4.

"Wendy will not be returning with new shows on October 4," a statement from the show read.

"She has been and continues to be under a doctor's care and is still not ready to return to work," the statement continued.

On Tuesday, October 12, the show released a statement regarding a new return date: Monday, October 18.

The Wendy Williams Show will announced that it will "start airing originals on Monday, October 18 with an exciting lineup of guest hosts and panels to be announced shortly."

Additionally, "Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis.

"She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves' Disease and her thyroid condition. It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties."

However, once Wendy is ready,"she will be back in her treasured purple chair," the show said. 

Back in 2018, Wendy admitted to having battled an addiction to cocaine which she developed during her earlier days working in radio.

For three months prior to her confession Wendy's show had been on hiatus.

DailyMailTV reported at the time that Wendy had been struggling with abusing alcohol and pills after fracturing her shoulder in December 2018.

The outlet claimed Wendy checked into a detox and rehab facility during her break from The Wendy Williams Show from January to March.

“Wendy has been brave enough to make herself the face of addiction," a source told ET at the time. "It's a disease and a very real and constant fight. It's been extremely difficult to put herself out there and be vulnerable (as this is such a private struggle), but it's too important a topic to ignore. 

“She is known for keeping it real, and felt the need to keep it real for her fans.”

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