As if the death of former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh wasn’t a big enough blow to our ’90s hearts, today we learned that TLC‘s T-Boz has been struggling with a brain tumor. But thankfully, this story does have a happy ending. Although being very open about her decade-long struggle with sickle-cell anemia, the R&B singer appeared on CNN over the weekend to talk for the first time about her neurological health scare. “I started having headaches. They were so frequent; something was wrong,” she told Dr. Sanjay Gupta. And then she got one of the scariest phone calls a person can get. “My doctor called but his voice sounded funny. And I said, ‘You’re going to say something like I have a brain tumor or something right?’ And he got quiet.”
Luckily the tumor proved to be operable, she is now cancer free. The surgery did leave T-Boz suffering from poor balance, but she’s currently in therapy and working on a new music video. Hopefully she’ll be getting back to those fly hip-hop moves soon! She also talked about her triumph over sickle cell anemia, which doctor’s said would end her life before 30. “Doctors, they didn’t give me a happy ending,” says the 39-year old. “‘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 ’cause that’s not my story.” Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re gonna listen to “Creep” on repeat for the rest of the day. We suggest you do the same.
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