Here Are The Touching Words Selena Gomez And Francia Raisa Wrote To Each Other After Their Kidney Transplant

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Over the summer of 2016, Selena Gomez took a public break from her music career. The singer had been traveling her for Revival world tour when she announced her decision to take a break to focus on her health. She cited anxiety, panic attacks and depression as side effects to her lupus diagnosis and expressed her need to take care of her health. Now, Gomez has revealed why she spent so much time out of the spotlight. She was undergoing a kidney transplant.

Selena Gomez revealed to fans why she took such a big break from music, and told the world how her friend helped her drastically improve her 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

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Selena Gomez first went public with her lupus diagnosis in 2015 and has been a vocal advocate for lupus research and education since. By 2016, the singer announced she would be taking a break from her career to focus on her own health to deal with side effects from the disease. For a year, all fans knew was that she took some time off to focus on getting through some side effects and came back stronger than before.

“And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possible thank my beautiful friends Francia Raisa,” Gomez wrote in her IG post. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

Her good friend, Francia Raisa, also opened up on Instagram about the process with a heartfelt message.

Actress and daughter of radio personality Renán “El Cucuy” Almendárez Coello also posted very touching words. “I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process,” she wrote adding a link to more information about lupus research.

These posts not only sparked messages of support for Gomez and Raisa, but people also shared their own experiences with kidney transplants.

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Some even talked about how lupus has impacted their own family.

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Lupus is a serious and incurable disease that requires constant medical attention to manage. Symptoms range from depression and hair loss to anemia and inflammation in the heart, according to Lupus Research Alliance.

There were even stories about fans dealing with their own lupus.

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According to the National Resource Center on Lupus, 1.5 million Americans suffer from some form of lupus and 5 million people worldwide.

And many people, fans or not, came out to wish Gomez a speedy recovery.

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Way to go, Francia. You are an incredible friend.

If you want to learn more about lupus or wish to donate to the research, click here to learn more.


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