T-Boz: “Doctors Said I Wouldn’t Live Past My 30’s & Never Have Kids”
After over 30 years in the music business, Tionne Watkins, better known as T-Boz of the legendary, multi-platinum girl group TLC, along with the remaining member, Ronzonda “Chilli” Thomas, finished up their fifth and final studio album, but are still touring to sold out shows around the world.
Back in 2015, fans of the iconic girl group responded to a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their final album, with even the likes of superstar singer, Katy Perry, backing it, helping the two surviving members of TLC raise $150,000 in three days. Now, two years and over $430,000 later, that album has officially returned to the spotlight, with T-Boz and Chilli’s management team finally confirming it’ll be released this summer.
As this chapter of her life comes to a close, we reflect on T-Boz health condition and there was a possibility she wouldn’t even be here to tell the story.
In early 2010, T-boz she revealed she had secretly suffered from complications related to a brain tumor in addition to battling sickle cell anemia.
The 48-year-old star mother of one, 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 anemia while working on new music with a positive message.
“Doctors, they didn’t give me a happy ending,” T-Boz said, reflecting on her brain tumor and her sickle cell anemia. “‘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.”
Apparently, T-Boz was right. Just take a look at beautiful daughter, Chase, below:
Tumors that originate within brain tissue are known as primary brain tumors. Primary brain tumors are classified by the type of tissue in which they arise. The most common brain tumors are gliomas, which begin in the glial (supportive) tissue. There are several types of gliomas, including the following: