Popular singer Selena Gomez has not been making a lot of public appearances off-late. And with a recent post she revealed why her fans hadn’t heard much from her despite having new music out which received amazing reviews. The reason behind Selena keeping a low-profile was because of her kidney transplant. Yes, the young singer revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant due to her struggle with lupus. She made the shocking revelation on her Instagram account with a photo in which she can be seen on a hospital bed, holding her friend Francia Raisa’s hand with tubes attached to their noses. This was followed by pictures of her scar after the surgery and the bump on her waist due to the surgery. She shared an immensely raw and honest post about her condition and also thanked her friend Francia who donated her kidney to Selena.
Selena’s Instagram post read: 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.
What is lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder, in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Lupus leads to inflammation and damage to various body tissues. It can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. At present, there is no cure for lupus, but it can be effectively treated with drugs. Lupus results from both genetic and environmental stimuli. Treatments include corticosteroids, immunosuppressive drugs and some lifestyle changes.
What are the symptoms?
Different patients who suffer from lupus have different symptoms, but some of the most common symptoms include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints , fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems. This disease usually has a characteristic red skin rashwhich is called the butterfly or malar rash, It appears across the nose, cheeks, ears, upper arms, shoulders, chest, and hands. It occurs mostly on the areas that are exposed to sun and since those who have lupus are sensitive to sunlight, the rashes become worse after exposure to sunlight. Chest pain, hair loss, anemia, mouth ulcers, and pale or purple fingers and toes from cold and stress are also some of the symptoms noted in some patients who suffer from lupus.