TLC was the biggest selling girl group of all time. They told us that “They Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” taught us how to “Creep” and let the fellas know that they weren’t messing with “No Scrubs.” Amid all of their success, lead singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins suffered with a painful blood disorder, sickle cell anemia. She was always very open about her battle with the disorder and she shared this with CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. She also opened up about the brain tumor that almost took her life.
She told Dr. Gupta that she was told that she wouldn’t make it past her 30s due to the blood disorder and that she would never have children. At 41 and with a beautiful daughter, the R&B singer beat the odds. She said it was because she never believed that her life would be the way the doctors told her.
In 2006, Watkins was diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor. Numerous doctors didn’t want to operate on the singer because of her sickle cell anemia. She ended up finally finding a doctor who did successfully remove the tumor and her only side effect is a slight difficulty keeping her balance.
Watkins is now working on a solo album and doing all she can to encourage more African Americans to be blood donors.
The video from her CNN interview is below. Her strength is truly encouraging.