I have, considering she had her finger in nearly half the soundtrack of my high school and college years, and I don’t think I’ve heard from her since…the mid 2000s?
Well, according to People magazine (thanks to Caryn Ganz of Yahoo!’s The Amplifier music blog), Missy Elliott has been M.I.A because she’s been battling Graves Disease, an incurable autoimmune disease caused by an overactive thyroid.
The symptoms of Graves Disease include a variety of physical and mental ailments including bulging eyes, goiters, frequent bowel movements, increased sweating, anxiety, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, and nervousness.
Fortunately, Elliott has had success with medication (she’s even lost the 30 pounds the medicine helped her gain!) and plans to release a new album this year (Block Party, which was originally slated for 2006).