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Publisher's Summary

In addition to the balancing act of juggling an all-consuming music career and her family, TLC's Tionne has struggled with sickle-cell disease since she was a young girl - a debilitating and incurable disease that can render her unable to perform, walk, or even breathe.

A Sick Life chronicles Tionne's journey from a childhood spent in and out of the hospital, told she wouldn't live to see 30 or have children, to becoming the superstar musician who is still living out her life's dream of performing. For the first time, Tionne will tell her full life story - the diagnosis, the tumultuous rise to fame, the life in the spotlight, and the hard-fought advocacy work. Through Tionne's tough, funny, tell-it-like-it-is voice, you'll see how the extraordinary singer and advocate found the inner strength, grit, and determination to live her dream - despite her often unpredictable and demanding health issues.

She dives deep into never-before-told TLC stories, including accounts of her friendship with Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes and the tragedy of her death. Tionne's unvarnished discussion of her disease, unending strength, and ability to power through the odds is a story like no other.

©2017 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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Waste of credit

The narrator was animated and I loved how she changed her voice to match the characters speaking. BUT the story... OMG it is so surface. Like listening to one long magazine article. She definitely could have went deeper into her feelings or the details surrounding her stories. You could tell she was either holding so much back or didn't want to divulge too much info. Either way I could not finish it and I typically finish a book in a day or two depending on how good it is.
This one I only listened as long as I did in hopes it would get better. Sorry to say it never did.
Thank God for Amazon's return policy or I would have been very sad about this purchase.
Love ya T-boz, but next time, don't be so scared to express how you really feel. Especially if it's supposed to be a memoir. 👎👎

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Touching and inspiring on so many levels!

Beautifully written and told, this memoir provides first hand insight into one of the hardest working woman in the entertainment industry's life. Truly inspiring and real, it touched my heart and solidified my love for T-boz and of TLC. My life would not be the same if it weren't for their music. I am grateful to be able to read such amazing stories and thoughts by Tionne. Her book of prose and poetry Thoughts is equally as inspiring, I recommend both. Thank you for sharing your life story with us T. "Dreams" gives me hope and makes me appreciate those closest to me in my life. Your words and this song warm my bitter black heart.

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Its all good

This was a fantastic book. I have been living off of what I've heard in the news Hearing the whole story from the horses mouth was eye opening. I had no idea. T-Boz is a trooper may God continue to bless her. Great story!

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A truly fresh dope life

I really loved reading and listening to this book. T-Boz is such an inspiration. This is a great story of life snd the highs as well as the lows that come with it.

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Enjoyable

I got this book as a audible book. I really enjoyed it! I never knew alot about sickle cell but T-boz gave me a understanding into her life with it.

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T Boz

She's a strong woman and has survived so much. inspiring story. The antics and ups and downs of show business.

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WOW

I spent most of this book alternating between laughing and then thinking "What more did and does she work through?"

A once teenage fan and now 40-something woman, I feel like Tionne's story resonates. She talked about TLC's music being timeless (it IS!) but her personal tale is totally relatable to me.

She did an amazing job of balancing out her narrative because she covered some deeply personal topics as well as more public ones that I have a memory of. We just never know people until we hear the tale from their own mouth.

Her reflection as a mother, health trauma navigator, and friend of Lisa made me feel deep respect for the output I've enjoyed for 2+ decades. That she could generate and collaborate to produce so much cultural value while managing all she did...exceptional human, though not saintly. And I appreciate her ability to talk about pushing forward through the human struggle and always growing.

Highly, HIGHLY, recommend this for anyone who's doubting their own ability to realize their dreams against odds. If you want it and it's MTB, then push through for it.

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  • 11-16-17

Wow!

You never know what someone's life is. The trials she had to go through were pretty rough. The Lord always increases your capacity to allow you to handle and knock down all road blocks . this was a good read.


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such an amazing book.

She made me laugh, cry, and everything in between. the whitney story had me laughing.

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revealing truth

the truth is finally out. This book tells a wonderful story of how TLC came to be the strength of the group. it tells the story of overcoming it gives you hope it's full of emotion a good good read.

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  • 09-24-17

AMAZING !!!

I loved this book! I admit that Im a huge TLC fan, but this was more than just some group gossip. This is a story about strength and survival.
The perfect audiobook if you suffer from chronic illness or if you just need some inspiration!