Saturday, October 8, 2011

TLC's T Boz Opens Up about Sickle Cell Anemia & Brain Tumor Diagnosis

It's been a very rough few years for Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of the R&B supergroup TLC. The 41-year-old singer, who was diagnosed with the blood ailment Sickle Cell Anemia a number of years ago, was also recently informed she had to have surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor from her brain. She told CNN's Sanjay Gupta in an interview for The Human Factor doctors initially told her about her Sickle Cell Anemia prognosis, "They didn’t give me a happy ending,” she says. “You won’t live past 30, you’ll be disabled your whole life. You’ll never have kids. I was looking around the room like, ‘I don’t know who he’s talking to cause that’s not my story."

Five years ago, the 41-year-old singer received even more bad news when doctors told her she had a non-cancerous brain tumor. Although she had the tumor successfully removed, she has suffered from side-effects from the surgery, including problems with short term memory and keeping her balance.

Ultimately, the singer relied upon her personal faith to get her through the difficult times. “At the end of the day, I do think there’s a higher power and the way I feel about things and choose to do things has an effect on that outcome."

From PopCrush:

TLC's T Boz Talks Surviving Sickle Cell Anemia & Brain Tumor

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