TLC member, T-Boz who has battled sickle cell since she was a teenager, was on The Breakfast Club earlier in the week, to discuss her memoir “A Sick Life.” T-Boz whose real name is Tionne Watkins, shared with the radio show hosts that at 17 doctors diagnosed her with sickle cell, and told her she wouldn’t live past 30. The singer shared that she didn’t listen to the doctors, instead opted to listen to the words of her mother.
God has the last say so in your life,” T-Boz echoed her mother’s words. “I grew up in church … my mom was the lead singer. I just believed what my mom said. I believed in God, and I believed that she was right, doctors practice medicine and that doesn’t have to be my story.”
“A Sick Life” chronicles Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins’ journey from a sickly young girl from Des Moines to how she broke into the music scene and became the superstar musician and sickle-cell disease advocate she is today. Through Tionne’s tough, funny, tell-it-like-it-is voice, she shares how she found the inner strength, grit and determination to live her dream, despite her often unpredictable and debilitating health issues. She dives deep into never-before-told TLC stories, including accounts of her friendship with Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes and her tragic death. Tionne’s unvarnished discussion of her remarkable life, disease, unending strength and ability to power through the odds offers a story like no other.