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  1. T-Boz Releases New Memoir Just in Time for Sickle Cell Awareness Month

    September 19, 2017 by Andrea

    a sick life book cover

    "A Sick Life: TLC 'n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage", the new memoir from Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, was released on September 12 -- appropriately, right in the heart of Sickle Cell Awareness Month. More than a year in the making, this book details T-Boz's experiences of coping with sickle cell, while simultaneously making a living as a member of the highest-selling girl group.

    In an exclusive interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, T-Boz revealed the significance of her memoir's title. "It's a strong word, 'a sick life,' 'cause I've had it all," she said. "I was told I would never live past 30; I would be disabled my whole life and never have kids." Obviously, she beat every odd stacked against her and then some: She's now 47 years old, she birthed a child at age 30, and she managed a hectic schedule and traveled the world as a member of TLC. Surmounting those obstacles didn't come without setbacks, however.

    According to People magazine, which landed the rights to publish excerpts of the memoir in their latest issue, T-Boz told them that after giving birth to her daughter Chase, her body began to shut down and she was in a coma for three days. “Often, it’s hard to breathe or walk,” the magazine reports T-Boz wrote in her memoir. “Some days I wake up consumed by pain. It’s like knives stabbing me over and over again in my joints. Chase gave me a reason to keep pushing through.”

    "A Sick Life" is on sale now, and you can even get a signed copy of the book by clicking here.

  2. Celebrity Sickle Cell Warrior and Advocate T-Boz is Back at it Again with a Benefit Concert for SCD

    December 19, 2016 by Andrea
    Photo: tbozunplugged.com

    Photo: tbozunplugged.com

    Your love of '90s hip-hop and R&B is just as strong as your desire to give back, and now, you can combine the two for the ultimate Christmas gift: tickets to T-Boz's third annual Unplugged benefit concert. The legendary recording artist will be joined on stage by Da Brat and Naughty by Nature for a performance of throwback hits during Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.

    Scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at the Avalon Hollywood, this concert will raise funds for the MLK Sickle Cell Outreach Center of Los Angeles and for the Sickle Cell Support Group of Atlanta. The MLK Center just opened a sickle cell clinic this past summer to make up for the loss of treatment centers for adults, a loss which has caused the life expectancy of sickle cell warriors in L.A. to drop to just 40 years old. Donations to the Sickle Cell Support Group of Atlanta will help with continued community outreach, health care seminars, nutrition workshops, and more.

    “I’m humbled to be in Los Angeles to continue to support Sickle Cell Disease awareness with some of my close friends and musical colleagues. This event is inspirational for me because I can openly share my experiences living my life with Sickle Cell Disease while I perform for my fans in a personal way,” T-Boz said in a recent press release. “I want to create awareness through T-Boz Unplugged, I want to educate people about the disease, help save lives and ultimately find a cure for Sickle Cell Disease.”

    Get your tickets here, and as an added bonus, you can treat yourself to a meet-and-greet with T-Boz, herself!

  3. TLC’s T-Boz Details Her Sickle Cell Journey in New Memoir

    May 17, 2016 by Andrea
    Photo: Instagram

    Photo: Instagram

    Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of TLC fame has never been quiet about her sickle cell warrior status. She addressed it back in 1999 in her first book, a collection of poems entitled "Thoughts"; she's discussed it in numerous interviews over the years; she held a benefit concert last December; she's the national celebrity spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America; and now, she's prepping to pen a memoir that is set to be released in September of 2017 by Rodale Books.

    Called "A Sick Life," this memoir will delve deeper into the singer's sickle cell journey and how it has impacted every aspect of her life, from her singing career to her relationships to motherhood and everywhere in between. Told by doctors that she'd never live past 30 (she's now 46) and that she'd never have children (she has a 16-year-old daughter), among other things they claimed she'd never be able to do, T-Boz has surmounted every obstacle and then some.

    "I want to hopefully get stuff off my chest and inspire someone at the same time," she told People magazine in an exclusive interview last week. "There's a lot that people don't understand about sickle cell anemia. I want to really clear it up and hopefully give everyone a better understanding ... I haven't really talked about all the times I could have died, my ICU visits," she continued. "I was really a young girl who had a dream, who wanted to do something they told me I could never have."

    Click here to read the full article.

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