Most people know Selena Gomez as the former-Disney-turned-bonafide-pop star, actress, and producer with the most followers on Instagram and major fashion collaborations. Yet, what everyone forgets is that Gomez is doing all of this while battling the autoimmune disease, Lupus.
On Thursday morning, Gomez took to Instagram to chronicle the secret kidney transplant she had earlier this summer due to issues arising from the disease, noting the surgery as the reason she didn’t do a lot of promoting of her new music.
“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music…” Gomez wrote in her caption. “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
Along with thanking her doctors for the job, Gomez also gave a heartfelt thank you to her friend, actress Francia Raisa (Dear White People, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager), for being the one to donate her kidney.
“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” Gomez wrote. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much, sis.”
Gomez’s fans flooded Twitter and Instagram with messages of support, praising her for discussing this personal matter.
— Demi Lovato Army (@LovatoArmyUS) September 14, 2017
— luxo (@BrantoAe) September 14, 2017
My baby girl had to have a kidney transplant 😭😭 Get well soon boo @selenagomez
— Desh(onn) (@DeshonnBrown18) September 14, 2017
— Collette Naden (@ColletteNaden) September 14, 2017
Gomez came out with her diagnosis two years ago. Lupus affects many different tissues in the body, causing inflammation and damage. It also affects different parts of the body, including lungs, kidneys, joints, skin, heart, blood vessels, and brain, and common symptoms are “extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems.”
Lupus is no joke, but they are making progress in regards to this misunderstood disease. With Gomez as an advocate, hopefully a cure will come out soon.