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Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins rose to fame as a member of the girl group TLC alongside friends Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas and the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. T-Boz has been vocal about her battle with sickle cell anemia, a struggle she’s dealt with since childhood, hoping to raise awareness about the condition, but it was her recent revelation about her brain tumor that surprised many.

During a recent interview with CNN’s Dr. Sunjay Gupta, T-Boz revealed that when she was first diagnosed with the incurable sickle cell anemia, doctors told her she wouldn’t live past 30, wouldn’t have children and would be disable. She beat the odds now at 39 with a 9-year-old daughter, but when doctors discovered she had a brain tumor five years ago, it sent her into a panic.

“I grew up singing in church with my mother but I always had the same dream and I would see myself in baggy pants, running from the left side of the stage bending down to the right shaking someone’s hand, and a whole bunch of people are screaming for me. In my heart and until this day, I really believed it.”

“Doctors, they didn’t give me a very happy ending. 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 because that’s not my story.”

On Making Her Dreams a Reality Despite Her Sickle Cell Diagnosis
“I think it had to do a lot with my mother, too, because she never made me feel different.

On Her Brain Tumor
“I started having headaches, but they were so frequent, something was wrong. My doctor called, but his voice sounded funny. And I said, ‘You’re gonna say something like I have a brain tumor, right?’ He got quiet”

The doctor said the tumor was non-cancerous, but because of her sickle cell, surgery wasn’t an option. He suggested radiation therapy, but T-Boz found a surgeon that successfully removed the tumor. She’s now back in the studio working on a solo album that focuses on overcoming the obstacles life throws at you. She also hopes that more blacks will step up and become bone marrow donors.

“I go for it. I believe words are powerful. And I think everything, every last single thing in life happens for a reason.

T-Boz tells CNN that she is speaking about it because she wants African Americans to step up and become bone marrow donors to help young people with blood disorders including sickle cell.

Watch T-Boz’s CNN interview below: