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Wendy Williams Reveals She’s Been Diagnosed with Lymphedema: ‘It’s Not Going to Kill Me’

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Wendy Williams hosts the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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*Wendy Williams revealed on Monday’s episode of her talk show that she has been diagnosed with lymphoedema, a chronic condition that causes swelling, usually in the arms or legs, when the lymphatic system is compromised. 

Williams shared her latest health-related ailment with her audience while speaking about paparazzi shots that showed her swollen ankles, People reports. 

“Lymphoedema, by the way, I’ve been diagnosed,” she told the crowd, 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.”

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Williams previously took a lengthy hiatus late last year to focus on her hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease. She returned to her hosting position in March. In February, Wendy announced that she was diagnosed with Graves’, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.

“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 on Monday’s show. “I sit for 45 minutes a day. It’s the best party entertainer ever. Everybody [that] comes over wants to do it.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no cure for lymphoedema but it can be managed with early diagnosis.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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