T-Boz turns 50: “Doctors Said I Wouldn’t Live Past My 30’s & Never Have Kids”

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Tionne Watkins, better known as T-Boz, a member of the legendary, multi-platinum girl group TLC,  recently celebrated her 50th birthday. After devoting more than 30 years of her life to the music industry, Watkins and fellow group member, Ronzonda “Chilli” Thomas, finished up their fifth and final studio album and are still touring to sold-out shows around the world.

As T-Boz celebrates her birthday and many successes, we’re taking time to reflect on the history of her health condition and a time when she was told that she wouldn’t even be here today to tell the story.

T-Boz’s History with Sickle Cell Anemia

In early 2010, T-Boz revealed she had secretly suffered from complications related to a brain tumor in addition to battling sickle cell anemia.