Wendy Williams Opens Up About Her Health Struggles: 'Women Take Care Of Everyone But Ourselves'

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Wendy Williams says she's going to be focusing on herself and her health as she returns to her daytime talk show on Monday.

Sitting down with Good Morning America for an interview that will air just hours ahead of her first day back, the 53-year-old talk show host opens up about her battle with Graves' Disease, her unexpected hiatus from her self-titled show and her plans for the future.

In a clip from the upcoming interview, via People, Williams says that she feels women have a tendency to care for everyone and everything else in their lives before themselves -- and she's tired of it.

"We, as women, particularly if we have families, you know, we’re taking care of children, we’re taking care of, you know, our home, our husbands, we take care of everybody but ourselves," Williams tells GMA anchor Amy Robach. "And it’s really unfortunate."

"That is something that has no socioeconomic thing to it," she continues. "No matter what the woman’s status is, it seems like we’re all in the same boat."

"We take care of ourselves last," Robach chimes in.

"Yeah!" Williams responds. "I'm not doing that anymore, Amy. Wendy first!"

On Feb. 21, Williams told viewers of The Wendy Williams Show that her doctor ordered her to take a three-week break due to her battle with hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Graves' disease is "an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones." Symptoms include weight loss, anxiety, irritability, tremors in hands, bulging eyes, fatigue and heat sensitivity.

Williams told her viewers that it feels like there are "birds swimming around my head, like a cartoon." She further quipped, "Like I'm constantly high -- but not high."

While she was gone, Jerry O'Connell filled in as guest host, and the actor revealed on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen last week what has been the hardest part of filling in for the outspoken TV personality.

"The hardest thing I think is having to live up to her expectations," O'Connell shared. Here's more of his interview with Cohen:

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