TLC's Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins on her struggle with crippling illness

The singer opens up about her battle with sickle cell and surviving a brain tumor, which she details in her new book , "A Sick Life."
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??? Music sensation tlc, nothing defines the trio style quite like scrub. A guy who can't get no love from me. He is on the passenger side pretending to have things he doesn't have. Hey! That's not even your car. T-boz Watkins was the T in tlc along with left eye and chilli. They would become one of the best selling groups of you a time. R & B and pop captivated the music of the 1990s. Promoting a fep willis in message with songs like unpretty. Tackling gang violence. And the AIDS epidemic in their hit, water fall. What's your all time favorite tlc song? I don't have one. I have a video of water fall. ??? Don't go chasing water because the ??? You can't swim. You had scuba divers down there. I was so scared. When you go on the tour, on universal, it's right here. I'm like, yes. Her signature raspy voice helped propel the rise of the group, multiplatinum records and chart topping hits. Behind the scenes, away from the spotlight, she struggled privately with a crippling illness. In her new memoir, a sick life, she talks about sicle cell and later a brain tumor. At the us the meaning behind sick life. The title is so much, I've had it all. I wassed at 7 years owed, I would never live past 30. I would be disabled my whole life and have kids. But I traveled the world, I've worked Michael Jackson. At the very height of tlc's popularity, she would be side lined for weeks, sometimes months at a time, fighting for her life. You accomplished all of this in and out of the hospital. Just talk about dealing with a chronic disease. I spent 28 years not being diagnosed correctly. So we didn't really have a handle on exactly what I had so we did the best we could to figure it out. Describes to people, what happens to you, your body. The he's yift way is to say the oxygen isn't getting into the vital organs. Arms, legs, you can't even hold a pencil and write. How about your band mates? Lisa it was one I was really close to the most. She would send me something different every day. She knows I love drums. She took a symbol and drew a clock on it. She said I don't care what anybody says, take all the time you need. But Lisa left with the sudden death in 2002 would change the group forever. Music fans around the world mourning the loss this morning. She was tragically killed in a car crash while in Honduras. 15 years in Honduras that the world lost her. You lost her. What was that moment like? How did it impact everything in life for you? That was one of the hardest times in my life. I wasn't used to walking into the grocery store and seeing a magazine with her face on it with death numbers. It was hard for years. Lisa died three or four days after I got out of the hospital. So I was frail and 90 pounds which made me sick again. Then I had a bad divorce, then a brain tumor. All in a row. What kept you going? Most people would have said, I'm done. My daughter. I have to be here to take care of my baby. I can't leave my daughter. That was my fight. Now after a 15-year hiatus, and with her feeling healthier, tlc is back releasing what they say the their fifth and final album. This production coming together via the crowd sourcing fight, kick starter, which raised nearly half a million dollars. Proving to all their haters, they still got it. 15 years, people are like, what are you doing? Sometimes you're as good as your last album or movie or whatever. Okay. Want me to show you I still got it? No problem. I'll bring it. We headline tour this summer. It went awesome. Tionne and rozonda chilli Thomas. We keep her spirit alive in our music. Nobody will fill that voice. She's up there rocking with us. What do you want to remain? Like trend setting with clothes, hair style, the fun, the good stuff. The lyrical content, making a difference, making people feel better. ??? I've got dreams ??? In the studio, she has set her sights on another dream. A new solo project. I just want to be healthy and happy in my personal life, with my kids. I want to be joyful. And I want to have peace. And scrubs need not apply. Absolutely. Still no scrubs. For "Nightline," L.A. ??? Up next, the creepy clown

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