In an interview with Billboard magazine, Selena Gomez reveals has been diagnosed with lupus and has even undergone a course of chemotherapy to treat the autoimmune disease.
Most recently, the singer revealed on Instagram that she’s just received a kidney transplant from a dear friend in order to improve her 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
Since opening up to Billboard, Selena has been open and honest about her illness and is raising awareness about lupus and encouraging her fans to stay educated on the matter.
But what exactly is lupus? Keep reading on to find out what it does, what its symptoms are and if there is a cure for it.