Selena revealed back in 2015 that she was diagnosed with lupus – a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body ranging from your skin to joints or organs. She spoke about how she suffers from anxiety, depression and panic attacks, as these are side effects of lupus.
While Selena did release a new single over the summer, she has taken a break for a while now and wasn’t seen out and about promoting the song. A lot of her fans sent her messages on social media asking her where she was and finally she revealed today on her instagram post, that she underwent a kidney transplant because of the disease. And none other than her close friend, actress Francia Raisa, donated her kidney to her, and Selena couldn’t thank her enough for it.
Here’s what she posted:
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