T-Boz: “Doctors Said I Wouldn’t Live Past My 30’s”

tionne t-bozTionne Watkins, better known as T-Boz of the legendary girl group TLC, revealed that she has secretly suffered from complications related to a brain tumor in addition to battling sickle cell anemia.

The mother of one recently discussed this ailment for the first time while filming Celebrity Apprentice.

The 44-year-old star revealed that she has been waging a secret battle against a brain tumor that was diagnosed in 2006, saying that she underwent a seven-hour surgical procedure that same year, during which doctors peeled the tumor from her brain stem by making a cut behind her ear. She says she was determined to not make her struggle known to the public.

“I didn’t want pity. I was there to help sick children,” T-Boz says. “Because people are often shocked to hear news like that, I kept it under wraps until now so that I can focus on service, and on raising money for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. I was not interested in gaining pity for myself.”

While the surgery was successful, it left T-Boz with one side effect: poor balance. In her recovery, she educated others on sickle cell