Prayers Up! Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Aphasia & Dementia

Prayers Up! Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Two Additional Medical Conditions


Prayers Up! Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Aphasia & Dementia

Ahead of the release of her documentary, Wendy Williams Hunter has revealed two previously unknown medical diagnoses. The former TV host has already been public about her medical struggles with Graves’ Disease and Lymphedema. To note, Wendy is 59.

Wendy’s Medical Conditions Revealed

In a Feb. 22 press release, Williams’ caretaker shared that doctors have diagnosed her with aphasia and dementia. The intention behind the press release was to “correct inaccurate and hurtful rumors about her health.”

“Over the past few years, questions have been raised at times about Wendy’s ability to process information and many have speculated about Wendy’s condition, particularly when she began to lose words, act erratically at times, and have difficulty understanding financial transactions.”

As a result, Wendy Williams underwent multiple medical tests in 2023. The ultimate diagnosis was primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The one-page announcement describes aphasia as “a condition affecting language and communication abilities” and frontotemporal dementia as “a progressive disorder impacting behavior and cognitive functions.”

Sharing this news has not been easy for the media mogul, per the release.

“The decision to share this news was difficult and made after careful consideration, not only to advocate for understanding and compassion for Wendy, but to raise awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia and support the thousands of others facing similar circumstances. Unfortunately, many individuals diagnosed with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia face stigma and misunderstanding, particularly when they begin to exhibit behavioral changes but have not yet received a diagnosis.”

What Does Wendy Williams’ New Medical Diagnoses Mean?

According to the press release, both conditions have “already presented significant hurdles in Wendy’s life.” She is, however, receiving the “medical care she requires.” There are no details of her day-to-day yet. But the release did say Wendy is still being Wendy and pushing through!

“Wendy is still able to do many things for herself. Most importantly she maintains her trademark sense of humor and is receiving the care she requires to make sure she is protected and that her needs are addressed. She is appreciative of the many kind thoughts and good wishes being sent her way.”


Williams credits her hand-picked care team and specialists at Weill Cornell Medicine for the diagnoses.

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Blac Chyna Thanks Wendy For Her Motherly Love (Video)

As mentioned, Wendy’s highly-anticipated Lifetime two-part documentary drops this week. The network has been teasing clips, including the latest release featuring Blac Chyna. Chyna and Wendy shared an intimate conversation on camera about their private relationship.

Blac Chyna thanked Wendy for her kindness and motherly love amid her dark times.

“You always been like honest with me and put me in my place, in like the most motherly, kind way. That’s why I love you so much.” 

Watch the clip below.


Wendy's Sister Recently Spoke About Impact Of Wendy's Alcoholism Struggles

As previously reported, Wendy’s family members recently spoke to PEOPLE about how her alcoholism struggles created fear that she’d die. Her sister Wanda claims she’s been worried about getting “that phone call” multiple times in the last year.

“There were points during the past year when everyone in this family wondered whether that call [that she was dead] was going to come in the middle of the night,” she explained. “Everybody in this family sat on pins and needles every single night with their cell phones right next to the bed.”

Wanda claims she and other family members have no idea where Wendy is, and the release didn’t shed light on that.

‘Where Is Wendy Williams?’ premieres on Feb. 24 and 25.

RELATED: Wendy Williams’ Family Reveals How Her Alcoholism Impacted Them


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