Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins revealed to People magazine that she has been battling a brain tumor for three years. The tumor was diagnosed as a non-cancerous acoustic neuroma in 2006 after years of suffering painful headaches. In the interview, Watkins said that a MRI showed she had a tumor the size of a grapefruit.
Watkins explained to People what happened after she awoke from brain surgery:
“When I awoke, I could hear and I looked normal, but then I had a sickle-cell crisis. With the pain meds and steroids, they said I kept flopping and hitting my head. They gave me IV (intravenous) fluids in order to stop it.”
“After I was released (from hospital) more than a week later, the ride to my Los Angeles apartment was like vertigo to the 10th power. I had to sit up in bed for two months. They propped me up, but I kept sliding down, which made my head swell. It was so painful. At one point, fluid poured out of my nose.”
“I was readmitted (to hospital). I couldn’t walk or really see. I heard screeching noises. They said, ‘We may have to cut you open again…’ I prayed and the fluid stopped.”
The setback in her recovery became so bad, Watkins was left unable to speak for months: “In rehab, I had to relearn how to walk and how to say my ABCs.”
The recovery was a success for Tionne Watkins because she became a celebrity contestant on “The Apprentice” and was recently seen enjoying lunch and conversation with good friend Kandi of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta.