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We know that Selena Gomez has gone through some health issues as well as some personal problems because she’s told us about it. She’s been honest, open and vulnerable in interviews and I think that’s a major part of her appeal. A lot of young and older people, like me, can relate to her. Selena recently posted on Instagram about a major operation she went through this summer which she’s kept quiet until now. She had a kidney replacement, necessitated by lupus. We know that Selena has lupus as she revealed it in an interview a couple of years ago, along with the fact that it was so severe she needed chemotherapy. This summer, Selena took a break from touring, revealing that she suffered from anxiety, panic attacks and depression as a side effect of lupus. It turns out that she was also dealing with a kidney replacement, graciously donated by her dear friend, the actress Francia Raisa. Here’s Selena’s post and it’s a slideshow where she showed her operation scars in an additional two photos.
That gave me the feels. That’s a deep friendship right there. Would you donate a kidney to your good friend? I don’t think I would, I mean I might if it was the very last minute and they couldn’t hold on, but honestly I would wait and see if someone else would step up first. Now certain family members would get my kidney.
I hope Selena is ok now, I hope she’s recovering and I hope that her boyfriend Abel/The Weeknd is a supportive partner to her. Also, I have to do more research on lupus. I wasn’t aware how life-affecting it can be. According to the National Research Center on Lupus, 90% of patients with the non-organ threatening type will live a normal lifespan. Selena seems to have a more serious variation, judging by the fact that she needed a kidney, and lupus can vary greatly in how it affects different patients.
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