Wendy Williams: as women, ‘we take care of everybody but ourselves’

Wendy Williams is back on her show this week after a three week hiatus ordered by her doctor. She was told by an endocrinologist to take three weeks off after it was determined that she was having symptoms from Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism. She admitted to feeling irritable, having a rapid heartbeat and having trouble sleeping. Her eyes were also affected by the disorder, which can constrict the muscles behind the eyeballs. In preparation for her return, Wendy told People that she feels “100%” better now and that she regrets putting off her endocrinology checkup appointment. She describes her symptoms as “a storm going in my body.” She also said that she’s been having high blood pressure when it’s always been normal before.

“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,” says Williams.

“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 adds.

Williams also tells PEOPLE that Dr. Oz will be joining her on Monday’s episode in order to shed some additional light on her health.

Although Williams explains that her health situation “was pretty bad” before she took a hiatus from the show, she hadn’t necessarily thought her symptoms had anything to do with her thyroid, adding that she thought her mood swings were being caused by her menopause.

“With the menopause I wasn’t pointing a finger to any particular thing. I was just feeling like ‘All right, well I’m 53 and this is I guess how it’s supposed to be,’ ” she adds.

“Even in October when I passed out on Halloween, that particular day when the EMTs got there I had high blood pressure, which I never have high blood pressure,” she continues, adding that her blood pressure had never been high before.

Williams tells PEOPLE, “My blood pressure is always either perfect or low. It’s never high. But it was high and the lack of sodium so they were filling me with electrolytes, just fill, fill, fill, fill. I can’t believe that I got up after the commercial break and closed out the show.”

“I love doing the show, but I love me more. So I’m going to take care of me, so I can be there for them,” she adds.

[From People]

Wendy also told Good Morning America that she’s been taking care of everyone else besides herself and that this is common among women. “We, as women, particularly if — we have families, you know, we’re taking care of children, we’re taking care of, you know, home, our husbands, we take care of everybody but ourselves.

And it’s really unfortunate. And that — that is something that has no socioeconomic thing to it. No matter what — no matter what the woman’s status is, it seems like we’re all in the same boat… I’m not doing that anymore.

That’s so true that women care for everyone else first, although I would counter that it is socioeconomic as wealthy women have more resources and help at home. As for menopause, I’m having my period now after almost a year without it and it’s the worst. I am eating so much, I feel so crampy and I want to curl up in a ball. I was on the combination pill initially for the hormones, but a few months ago I switched to the progesterone only pill. While I’m not as anxious on the mini pill, it’s been awful to get my period again. As I’ve mentioned before, no one really prepares you for menopause and it comes with a host of problems you can’t imagine. Like Wendy, I have also been experiencing high blood pressure for some reason. So I understand why Wendy blamed her age and did not seek help until she had a crisis. It’s understandable for us to soldier on and assume there’s nothing we can do – especially when doctors can be dismissive of our symptoms, and when so many people depend on us.

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  1. Nicegirl says:

    CB, hoping you feel better asafp. You are 2legit to quit lady and we all love you. This site provides info and comfort to so many. Straight up community service masquerading as a celebrity gossip blog. I’m grateful.

    Still, please, you matter: take all the time you need to heal. Pretty sure my fellow cbers will echo that we will be here checking for the kind of dose of humorous reality we crave, and though we’ve searched the internet over, it’s only to be found here at celebitchy.com! Sending you some strong vibes of good health as I raise this well loaded bong rip to your recovery. And Wendy’s.

  2. Nev says:

    Missed you sooooooo much Wendy!!!

  3. justcrimmles says:

    Feel better, Celebitchy! I haven’t had a proper cycle for nearly two years, courtesy of mirena. Have the cramps, gastrointestinal problems, horrible mood, but no bleeding. I’d rather have the bleeding.

    Reese’s and heating pads and raspberry tea all around!

  4. Frome says:

    I find it hard to believe that this nasty woman takes care of anybody other than number 1. And you better know that if this was anyone other than herself, she would talking trash about how it may be an STI from their spouse cause “the streets are talking about your marriage”.

    I wonder if she will learn some compassion from this. Guessing not.

  5. minx says:

    Feel better!

  6. Patty says:

    Wendy Williams cracks me up. I know she rubs people the wrong way sometimes / a lot of the times – but isially she’s just telling the truth and not sugar coating stuff. Hope she gets better. Thyroid disorders suck, I have Hypo and hello 35 lb weight gain last year. Ugh.

    • Dazed and Confused says:

      @Patty, I can commiserate with your Hypo. The weight gain is no joke. I have Hashmoto’s with thyroid labs in “normal range” but all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, including the weight gain. I just got the complete brush off from an endocrinologist last week. Instead of something to help my thyroid, she suggested a weight loss drug that is essentially speed. Despite my telling her that I have grandparents on both sided of my family who died from heart disease and parents who have high blood pressure. I wanted to cry.

  7. ScottieIsBack says:

    This woman is vile.

  8. Annie says:

    Something about her has felt super off for a while. She kept forgetting things and losing her train of thought every episode. You could tell she wasn’t feeling herself most of the times. I know people really laughed at her after collapsing on Halloween but I felt really bad for her. It looked scary. On the comments section of YouTube people have been discussing that she doesn’t look well for ages. When she passed out everyone knew it was only a matter of time before something like that happened live on the show. Even Wendy said she realized her eyes were bugging out after reading the YouTube comments and she told her doctor about that. So fans noticed things before she did.

  9. Mel M says:

    I can’t beleive I agree completely with something WW has said but she is so right in this case. I actually got “sick” this last Thursday with severe body aches, chills, headache and feeling dizzy. I initially thought I got the flu but I had no respiratory symptoms. My husband ended up taking the day off to be with the kids so I could stay in bed. The next day I was almost 100% better. I think it was a combo of lack of sleep, dehydration and stress and my body just said, I’m done. I’ve had this a couple of times before where my body holds things in and then one day I just get dealthy ill and then I’m fine the next. I do very little in self care and I know I need to change that but having 4 kids under 6 is so consuming when you are doing it with no outside help.

  10. Maraidh says:

    I would probably feel more compassion towards WW if she was a nice person. She likes to kick other people when they are down, and throw massive amounts of shade. It would be nice if this health scare turned her into a kinder human.