On Monday’s episode of “The Wendy Williams Show,” the media personality revealed she has been diagnosed with Lymphoedema.
What We Know:
- Wendy Williams, who took a long hiatus due to health concerns shared that she had been diagnosed with Lymphoedema while talking to her audience about paparazzi shots that showed her swollen ankles. Lymphoedema involves a blockage in the lymphatic system causing a build-up of lymph fluid, according to Mayo Clinic. Although there is no cure for the disease, the swelling and pain can be treated.
- “Lymphedema, by the way, I’ve been diagnosed,” she told the audience, according to People. “It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine — and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all.”
- Williams said the upside to Lymphoedema is that the machine used to treat the condition makes a fun party activity. “I sit for 45 minutes a day. It’s the best party entertainer ever. Everybody [that] comes over wants to do it,” she said according to People.
- The new diagnosis adds to her previous Graves’ disease and thyroid issues. In January, Williams announced that she had been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. Due to this condition, Williams’ doctor advised her to take an extended leave from hosting. She returned to the show in March.
In spite of these health battles, Williams will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.