Selena Gomez apparently didn't realize how much she needed a new kidney
Earlier this year, Selena Gomez received a kidney transplant after a medical condition she was suffering from worsened. She learned that she needed the operation due to complications with Lupus, and was thankfully helped by a kidney donation from her best friend, Francia Raisa. She had been "laying low" and not promoting her new music because of the realities of dealing with the illness and the aftermath of the operation.
The 25-year-old singer revealed this in an Instagram post, which showed photos of her recovering with Francia and her surgery scar, accompanied by an explanation of what had happened in the caption. The post received over 10 million likes, which isn't surprising given that she has the world's most popular Instagram account with a whopping 130 million followers.
"There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa," she wrote in the 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." The generous 29-year-old Raisa, who is also an actress, posted the same post-surgery photo with her own message:
"I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process. This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story."
While Gomez has since recovered from the surgery, she has been speaking out about her condition to raise awareness of the illness. Now she has revealed that her situation became dangerous primarily because she hadn't understood her doctors' stark warnings. Speaking at the Lupus Research Alliance Annual Gala in New York City, she said:
"I am really honoured to be here with all of you guys tonight, my lupus community. As many of you know, or might now know, I was diagnosed with lupus about five or six years ago"
"I’ve been speaking out about my situation to raise awareness about the disease. After undergoing so many tests to monitor my kidneys my doctors told me I have lupus nephritis, one of those complications from lupus. They said I would be needing a kidney transplant."
"Maybe I wasn’t necessarily really good at knowing what that meant so it actually got to a point where it was life-or-death. Thankfully, one of my best friends gave me her kidney and it was the ultimate gift of life. And I am doing quite well now"
Despite the ordeal she has gone through, she made a point to explain that this has had a positive impact on her life. "I don’t want people to think it’s a sad thing that I went through this with Francia or with anything in my life," she said. "I think all of the stuff that I went through made me and defined everything that I am right now."
"It’s a really beautiful thing and I have to remind myself of that. It’s not a negative experience."
How do you think you would react to a situation like this? Hopefully there would be a way to spin it into something positive like Selena did, rather than freaking out over what nearly happened.