Actress and singer Selena Gomez shared a powerful photo of the lifesaving gift a friend gave her: a kidney.
“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,” Selena wrote in an Instagram post. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
Her entire post is below.
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Selena, 25, revealed her lupus diagnosis in 2015 and took a break from her career last year to deal with anxiety, panic attacks and depression stemming from her battle with the disease, the Associated Press reported. The disease causes fibrous tissue and inflammation of internal organs, skin rashes and joint pain. It affects women nine times more than men. Organs affected by lupus include the kidneys, heart and lungs.
She’s spent time in Atlanta for roles in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and “The Fundamentals of Caring.” During the latter she and co-star Paul Rudd made a visit to Antico and Gio’s Chicken, where they hung out with owner Giovanni Di Palma and publicist Karen Canavan:
Francia, 29, is known for her role on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
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