R&B singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, one of two remaining members of TLC, has been quietly raging a battle with brain cancer for the last three years.

In the latest issue of People Magazine the 39-year old Grammy Award winner revealed that she was diagnosed with the disease in 2006. She also mentioned that she had to endure a 7-hour surgical procedure to have the non-cancerous acoustic neuroma tumor removed from her brain after years of painful headaches prompted her to seek medical treatment.

The single mother of a young daughter, Watkins also suffers from sickle-cell anemia, a lifelong blood disorder that she has been battling as an infant.

Since its debuted in the early 90’s TLC has released four studio albums, as well as numerous #1 singles such as “Waterfalls”, “No Scrubs”, and “Unpretty”. The group won several awards, including a Grammy for their major hit “Creep” in 1996.

However, in April 2002, the third member Lisa Lopes AKA Left Eye was tragically killed in a car accident in Honduras. Since then, the band has remained out of the spotlight.

Written by Valerie V.

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