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T-Boz Discusses Her Struggles Living With Sickle Cell Anemia While Famous In New Memoir

Tionne Watkins, otherwise known as T-Boz of legendary girl group TLC, is writing a new chapter of her life with the forthcoming release of her memoir, A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage. 

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The entertainer tells Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts that the book’s title was inspired by dealing since childhood with the incurable blood disorder sickle cell anemia. “The title means so much for me. It’s a strong word, A Sick Life, ’cause I’ve had it all,” says T-Boz.

She continues, “I was told at seven years old I would never live past 30. I would be disabled my whole life and never have kids. But I’ve traveled the world in TLC. I’ve worked with Michael Jackson.”

T-Boz describes sickle cell anemia as a disorder in which “oxygen isn’t getting to our vital organs. …If it’s your legs, you can’t walk. Your arms, you can’t even hold a pencil and write. I went through so much.”

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