- Selena Gomez Reveals Lifesaving Kidney Transplant to Bring Awareness to Lupus
- What is lupus?
- How Selena Gomez’s lupus led to a kidney transplant
- Everything you need to know about lupus, Selena Gomez’s incurable illness
- Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can “affect people in different ways,” Gomez said.
- Lupus can cause a myriad of symptoms, beyond those Gomez is suffering from.
- There is no cure for lupus at the present time.
- A number of other celebrities have opened up about their struggle with lupus, as well.
- Selena undergoes a kidney transplant
- Relationship with The Weeknd
- The Justin Bieber saga continues
- Working on her mental health
- Got a showbiz story?
- What is Lupus?
- What are the symptoms of Lupus?
- How can I catch Lupus?
- What’s the treatment for Lupus?
- When was Selena Gomez diagnosed with lupus?
- Do any other celebrities suffer from lupus?
- How lupus led to Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant
- What is lupus, and how is Selena Gomez being treated? Lupus is incurable and difficult to diagnose, with the American star describing the autoimmune disease as “very misunderstood”.
- 5 Things Selena Gomez’s Battle With Lupus Have Taught Us About the Autoimmune Disease
- 1. Kidney Transplant Is a Common Complication
- 2. Lupus Can Take a Mental Toll
- 3. Stroke Is a Potential Lupus Complication, Too
- 4. Lupus Treatment Can Involve Chemotherapy
- 5. Living a Healthy Lifestyle Can Help Limit Lupus Flares
- Selena Gomez says social media is ‘dangerous’ for her generation
- Selena Gomez Has Been Making ‘Amazing’ Improvements With Her Lupus
- The Cruel Way People Attacked Selena Gomez Over Her Lupus Diagnosis
- Selena Gomez’s health problems
- When did Selena Gomez announce her lupus diagnosis?
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Selena Gomez Reveals Lifesaving Kidney Transplant to Bring Awareness to Lupus
Actress and singer Selena Gomez revealed in an Instagram post that she had received a kidney transplant for her lupus in June.
In the post, she revealed that the kidney was donated by her good friend, actress Francia Raisa, writing:
“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
Previously, in August 2016, Gomez had canceled the remaining dates of her tour when complications from her lupus caused her additional anxiety and depression. “It was what I needed to do for my overall health,” she wrote in the new post. “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.”
On Twitter, friends and fans alike are cheering Gomez for being open about her condition. Many consider lupus to be an “invisible illness” due to its often hidden symptoms and how difficult it can be to diagnose.
Gomez is one of many celebrities who’ve come out in recent years as living with invisible illnesses, including fellow singers and lupus survivors Toni Braxton and Kelle Bryan. And just days prior to Gomez’s transplant announcement, Lady Gaga made waves when she announced on Twitter that she’s living with fibromyalgia, another invisible illness.
What is lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation. It’s a difficult condition for doctors to diagnose and has a variety of symptoms which affect people with different levels of severity. There are several types of lupus, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the most common type.
SLE can cause the immune system to target the kidneys, particularly the parts which filter your blood and waste products.
Lupus nephritis usually starts during the first five years of living with lupus. It’s one of the most serious complications of the disease. When your kidneys are affected, it can also cause other pains. These are the symptoms Selena Gomez likely experienced during her journey with lupus:
- swelling in the lower legs and feet
- high blood pressure
- blood in the urine
- darker urine
- having to urinate more frequently at night
- pain in your side
Lupus nephritis has no cure. Treatment involves managing the condition to prevent irreversible kidney damage. If there’s extensive damage, the person will require dialysis or a kidney transplant. About 10,000 to 15,000 Americans receive a transplant each year.
In her post, Gomez urged her followers to do their part to increase awareness about lupus and to visit and support the Lupus Research Alliance, adding: “Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made.”
Although Selena Gomez is doing “quite well now,” she says at one point that her Lupus was literally a matter of “life-or-death.”
Just a day after performing for the first time in over a year at the 2017 AMAs, Selena was honored at the at Lupus Research Alliance’s Breaking Through Gala on Monday night. In September, Selena helped raise almost $500,000 for Lupus research through her appeals to fans via social media, following a kidney transplant. Stepping onto the stage in a gorgeous lemon-yellow Calvin Klein gown, the pop star delivered a heartfelt speech about her own diagnosis and the need to raise awareness about the autoimmune disease. “I am really honored to be here with all of you guys tonight, my Lupus community,” she began, according to People. “As many of you know or might not 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,” Selena continued. “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.”
Earlier this year, the “Wolves” singer revealed that her best friend, Francia Raísa, volunteered to donate her kidney, and in the process, saved her life. But the path to get there — not wanting to ask anyone in her life, needing a donor who wasn’t just willing but a match — was very challenging. “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,” said Selena, according to E! News. “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.”
She also thanked the doctors who performed her kidney transplant. “It feels good to actually be honoring people like you, or in my world, it could seem kind of vain, but this is really, really special,” she said, according to E! News. “Not everyone is lucky enough to have a donor, and something as monumental as an organ transplant shouldn’t be the best treatment option available.”
Selena concluded her speech by saying she hopes lupus research can eradicate the disease entirely in the future. “I’d like to see the day when all young women can realize their dreams of life without a lupus,” she said. “This is why I am committed to the Lupus Research Alliance. So that none of us are alone, especially the young women that I have grown up with and heard many, many stories. I just want to say thank you and I hope we can do something for all of the younger people who need to know what this means.”
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How Selena Gomez’s lupus led to a kidney transplant
With a series of Instagram posts in September 2017, Selena Gomez shared that she’d undergone a kidney transplant at just 24, due to lupus-related organ damage. The announcement sent a shock wave through the media generated and a lot of discussion online-and educated many about the severe side of this misunderstood disease.
What is lupus and how does it affect the kidneys?
In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system. “Instead of the immune system fighting off things like infection and cancer, it turns against the individual and starts acting on their own organs,” says Dr. Gary Gilkeson, professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.
60%of all people with lupus, and as many as 2/3 children with lupus, will develop kidney complications. And, recent research indicates that Hispanics with lupus have an even higher risk for this potentially fatal complication.
What changes can someone expect after a kidney transplant?
After appropriate recovery, recipients of kidney transplants should be able to return to their previous lives, including working, exercising, and enjoying life.
Like most people who receive transplants, Selena will be on medicine that suppresses her immune system. The most common side effect of these immunosuppressant medications is increased risk of infection. Many lupus patients already take these medications to suppress their overactive immune systems, even without transplant. So avoiding infections and protecting themselves from exposure to common viruses and colds is something people with lupus should already know how to deal with.
Read a letter from the lupus community, Dear Selena Gomez, Sharing Your Struggles Has Given Us Strength
Everything you need to know about lupus, Selena Gomez’s incurable illness
- Selena Gomez has been very open about her health.
- In 2015, she shared that she was battling lupus and undergoing chemotherapy to treat it.
- Last summer, she announced via an Instagram post that she had to have a kidney transplant as a result of the disease.
- Lupus affects roughly 1.5 million people in the US and has no cure.
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In 2015 Selena Gomez revealed she had been diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that required the singer to go through chemotherapy. The star recently opened up about the disease again, sharing that she had a kidney transplant over the summer.
Gomez has been noticeably absent from the public space, despite having new music to promote. She addressed this in an Instagram post where she wrote that she, “needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering” over the summer.
This isn’t the first time the singer has taken off time to work to address her health issues. In August 2016, the singer told People that she’s been suffering from “anxiety, panic attacks and depression,” which can be side effects of the disease.
“I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off,” Gomez said.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can “affect people in different ways,” Gomez said.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, the disease can damage any part of the body, including joints, skin and internal organs, and causes the immune system to be unable to tell the difference between foreign invaders and healthy tissues.
Gomez has taken touring breaks to tend to her lupus. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Lupus therefore creates antibodies that can kill healthy tissue, in addition to causing inflammation, damage, and pain throughout the body. In other words, it causes the immune system to be overactive.
The disease isn’t contagious, and it tends to affect women more than men, though most people develop the disease between the ages of 15 and 44.
Lupus can cause a myriad of symptoms, beyond those Gomez is suffering from.
Kenneth M. Farber, co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance, told People that the disease is “sometimes very misunderstood.”
“It is not commonly known that depression, anxiety, and panic attacks can be side effects of lupus,” Farber said.
The disease can also bring about a ton of other symptoms, including swollen joints, fever, fatigue, rashes, chest pain, hair loss, anemia, and more.
There is no cure for lupus at the present time.
Yet, while there isn’t yet a cure for the disease, there are a bunch of different treatment options for lupus.
The disease is treated by a variety of different medicines, ranging from mild to strong, according to the Lupus Foundation of America.
The drugs are geared towards reducing inflammation, suppressing the immune system, preventing flare ups, controlling symptoms and minimizing organ damage.
A number of other celebrities have opened up about their struggle with lupus, as well.
Lady Gaga also suffers from the illness. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Lady Gaga told CNN’s Larry King in 2010 that she tested “borderline positive” for lupus, though she hasn’t suffered from any symptoms. However, she noted that the disease runs in her family.
Nick Cannon revealed in 2012 that he has lupus, and even spoke with the Lupus Foundation of America about living with the disease in a 2014 interview.
Additionally, singers Toni Braxton and Seal also suffer from the disease, and have spoken about their struggles.
Lisa Ryan previously contributed to this story.
Selena is back and better than ever (Picture: REX/Instagram)
Selena Gomez is back, and fans couldn’t be happier.
After dropping the seemingly shady AF Lose You To Love Me yesterday, the 27-year-old has released Look At Her Now, an empowering bop that seems to celebrate where Selena is now in her life.
She sings about ‘dodging bullets’ and losing trust in a former flame, before marking her single status with the lyrics: ‘She knows she’ll find love, only if she wants it.’
It’s a triumphant return for Selena, who has suffered through health issues and break-ups over the past two years – but nothing can hold this girl down.
Selena undergoes a kidney transplant
Selena lives with the autoimmune disease Lupus, which causes inflammation to the joints, skin and other organs, and in 2017, she was forced to undergo a kidney transplant due to the damage caused to her kidney.
In September 2017, the Hands To Myself singer revealed she had a transplant earlier that year, with her friend Francia Raisa donating a kidney after discovering she was a match.
Sharing a picture from her hospital bed, holding hands with Francia, Selena wrote on Instagram: ‘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.
Francia donated a kidney to Selena (Picture: Instagram)
‘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.’
Speaking on NBC’s Today, Selena said: ‘It really kind of life or death. My kidneys were just done. That was it and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life.
‘That was the day when I came home when I found out and she volunteered and did it.’
Journalist Savannah Guthrie asked: ‘You feel like Francia saved your life?’, with Selena replying: ‘Because she did. That’s it.’
Grown-ish star Francia, 31, also revealed that complications during surgery nearly killed the popstar, telling W: ‘A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, “I’m really scared.” My kidney was very active, and when it turned it broke an artery.
‘They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died.’
Relationship with The Weeknd
In January 2017, Selena and The Weeknd were seen canoodling outside Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Hollywood, and a few months later, they confirmed their relationship as they went public at the Met Gala.
It is believed the singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, was one of Selena’s biggest supports throughout her kidney transplant, and in his song Call Out My Name, he sings: ‘I almost cut a piece of myself for your life’ – hinting he offered his own kidney.
Selena and Justin dated for 10 months (Picture: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
However, in October, the pair had split, as Selena began to be spotted with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.
And things seemed to turn sour, if we go by The Weeknd’s lyrics on his album Dear Melancholy.
On Call Out My Name, he sings: ‘Guess I was just another pit stop, ‘Til you made up your mind, You just wasted my time.’
And seemingly expressing regret over his split from Bella Hadid – who he got back together with after his and Selena’s break-up – he sings: ‘Wasted times I spent with someone else, She wasn’t even half of you.’
The Justin Bieber saga continues
Selena and Justin were the ultimate teen couple when they began dating in 2010, and have had an on-off relationship ever since.
After Selena’s split from The Weeknd, the star was pictured on numerous occasions with the Biebs, and in November 2017, it was claimed they were officially back together.
Justin was apparently encouraged by his pastor Carl Lentz to get back together with his teenage sweetheart, and things seemed to be going swimmingly for the pair.
Justin and Selena reunited in late 2017 (Picture: Backgrid)
However, in March 2018, it was claimed Jelena was over again due to disapproval from Selena’s mum Mandy Teefey.
A source told Us Weekly: ‘Justin’s family loves Selena, but Selena’s family has put her in a very conflicting spot because they still don’t trust Justin. Selena has tried to convince her family that Justin has changed … but her family just isn’t budging right now.’
And just four months later, Justin was engaged to Hailey Baldwin, who he had started dating a month prior.
Later that year, Justin and Hailey tied the knot, and the lovebirds had their second wedding last month following 2018’s religious ceremony.
Justin has married Hailey Baldwin (Picture: Hailey Bieber/Instagram)
Selena seemingly addresses her ex’s marriage in Lose You To Love Me, with the star singing: ‘In two months you replaced us, like it was easy, made me think I deserved it in the thick of healing.’
The former Disney star told E! News: ‘I wrote this song over a year ago. It’s obviously a very emotional song for me.
‘It’s interesting to see how far I’ve come from that point to now. Me sharing my story is exactly what I’ve always done. I can’t be unauthentic. I can’t pretend that I’m not going through something when it’s obvious that I had been.’
Working on her mental health
Following Justin’s marriage and a tough two years, Selena reportedly checked into a mental health facility following an ’emotional breakdown’.
Selena was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center twice in two weeks for an ‘alarmingly low’ white blood cell count, and fell into a ‘downward spiral’.
She was later treated with dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) at an East Coast psychiatric facility, and was said to feel ‘refreshed’ after the treatment.
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SELENA Gomez announced last year that she had undergone a kidney transplant as a result of her battle with lupus.
According to Lupus UK, around 50,000 people in the UK have the condition and around 90 per cent of sufferers are women – but what do we know the disease, its symptoms and its treatment?
4 Grammy award-winning singer Toni Braxton has lupusCredit: AP:Associated Press
What is Lupus?
Lupus is an incurable and usually “life long” immune system illness which is mainly suffered by women and can affect any part of the body, including skin, joints and organs.
The condition causes the immune system to produce too many antibodies which can sometimes attack healthy tissue and result in inflammation, pain and damage.
It’s difficult to know exactly how many people suffer but women and people of African-Caribbean, Chinese and Asian descent are more likely to develop the condition than white people.
4 Lupus is an incurable life long disease which affects around 50,000 in the UKCredit: Getty Images
What are the symptoms of Lupus?
Lupus is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can vary from person to person and the condition usually develops slowly over time.
However, women between usually notice symptoms and are diagnosed with the condition between the ages of 15 and 45.
The three main symptoms of the disease are fatigue, joint pain and swelling and rashes on the wrists, hands and face.
Other symptoms can include:
– a fever (high temperature)
– swollen lymph glands (small glands found throughout your body, including in your neck, armpits and groin)
– recurring mouth ulcers
– hair loss (alopecia)
– high blood pressure (hypertension)
– headaches and migraines
– stomach (abdominal) pain
– chest pain
– dry eyes
– memory loss
– seizures (fits)
– problems thinking clearly and difficulty telling the difference between reality and imagination (psychosis)
– shortness of breath
– Raynaud’s phenomenon – a condition that limits the blood supply to your hands and feet when it is cold
– ankle swelling and fluid retention (oedema)
How can I catch Lupus?
Lupus is not a disease you can catch from other people and the causes are still poorly understood but it’s thought to be due to genetic and environmental factors.
Researchers have identified a number of different genetic mutations that seem to make people more susceptible to developing the condition.
A genetic mutation is a permanent alteration in the DNA and when it’s changed the body’s processes don’t work normally.
There has been research that suggests environmental factors could also be responsible for triggering Lupus too.
Some of these include exposure to sunlight (UV light), hormonal changes that occur during a woman’s lifetime, such as during puberty or pregnancy, certain infections, such as by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) – a common viral infection that doesn’t usually cause any symptom and smoking.
What’s the treatment for Lupus?
There’s currently no cure for Lupus but you can take some medication and make lifestyle measures to help make it easier to live with.
These include protecting yourself from the sun and making sure you get enough victim D by taking supplements.
Also, there are a variety of different drugs you can take, including Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Corticosteroids, Antimalarial drugs, BLyS-specific inhibitors and Immunosuppressive agents/chemotherapy.
4 Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant as a result of her battle with lupusCredit: Instagram
When was Selena Gomez diagnosed with lupus?
Selena was first diagnosed with the disease in 2015 and was forced to cancel a singing tour and undergo chemotherapy.
In 2016 the singer suffered a period of panic attacks, anxiety and depression which she linked to her disease.
In September 2017, the singer announced she had undergone a kidney transplant after posting a picture of herself and her best friend lying in side-by-side hospital beds.
In a lengthy post she wrote: “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 the incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery.”
4 Kelle Bryan is battling the chronic autoimmune disease Lupus, which means a simple hug from one of her two children could kill herCredit: Fame Flynet
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Do any other celebrities suffer from lupus?
Singer Toni Braxton collapsed while performing in Lax Vegas in 2008, and although doctors initially thought it was a mild heart attack, it was later diagnosed as lupus.
She told HuffPost: “Pretty much when you have lupus you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through it. But for me, if I’m not feeling well, I tend to tell my kids, ‘Oh mommy’s just going to relax in bed today. I kind of take it easy.”
Eternal singer Kelle Bryan has also spoken about how she battles with the auto-immune disease and choses to wear a surgical mask and gloves to avoid catching infections.
The singer is aware that a simple hug from one of her two children could kill her.
She told The Daily Star Sunday: “I normally wear a surgical mask and gloves because I’m highly susceptible to infection.
Other famous sufferers have included music legend Michael Jackson.
Selena Gomez recovers from kidney transplant after lupus diagnosis
How lupus led to Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant
Selena Gomez thanked her friend and fellow actress Francia Raisa for the “ultimate gift” – a kidney. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has details.
As Selena Gomez has documented over the last two years, lupus can affect multiple facets of life, sapping energy, inducing arthritis, cardiovascular problems and kidney failure.
On Thursday, the actress/singer/producer, 25, went public with the news that she received a kidney transplant from friend Francia Raisa.
So what is lupus and how did it cause her to need a kidney transplant?
Lupus is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms can masquerade as other illnesses.
It’s an autoimmune disease, meaning the body cannot differentiate between its own healthy tissue and foreign invaders. The antibodies or blood-borne proteins responsible for deciding biological friend from foe cause inflammation in various parts of the body. These problems tend to flare up and then abate over time.
It’s especially common with women, who comprise nine out of 10 lupus patients, according to the National Institutes of Health. (But men don’t get off so easy — the ones who do get lupus tend to have more severe cases.)
“It’s a very rough disease,” says Naveed N. Masani, a nephrologist and the medical director of the outpatient dialysis unit of New York University’s Winthrop Hospital. “You feel for these patients and what they go through. It’s not just the kidneys, but joint pain, rashes, fatigue. They feel lousy.”
Lupus can also affect a patient’s bone density, heart, liver, pancreas, and brain.
Lupus loves kidneys
“Lupus is the ultimate autoimmune disease,” Masani says, adding that “60-90% of patients with the disease have kidney involvement.”
The kidneys, Masani explains, “are kind of prime real estate, if you will, for the combination of your body attacking itself and the products they make. The kidneys are your filters. Every minute of the day, 100 drops of your blood pass through your kidneys to get cleaned.”
In the case of lupus nephritis patients, he says, granola-shaped clumps of waste get stuck in the kidneys and accumulate, progressively damaging the kidneys.
Masani says it’s not unusual for kidney function to decline to the point of needing dialysis or a transplant within a couple of years, as Gomez did.
“Depending on when patients get diagnosed and how bad things are, (kidneys) can deteriorate rapidly.” But not always, he notes, adding that new medications have helped slow the decay and topple kidney failure as the leading cause of death for lupus patients. (Now it’s premature cardiac disease, he says.)
But they have to be able to tolerate those meds, Masani cautions. “They have a lot of side effects.”
Happy birthday, Selena Gomez! The singer and actress turns 27 on July 22, 2019. We’re looking back at her best looks over the years. Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images At the New York premiere of “The Dead Don’t Die,” on June 10, 2019, Gomez showed off a fun, flirty off-the-shoulder dress with black fringe by Celine. Michael Loccisano, WireImage While promoting the film a month before at the Cannes Film Festival, she showed off a matching Chanel set and sported slicked-back hair. Dominique Charriau, WireImage The night before, she showed off an off-the-shoulder, white Louis Vuitton dress with a bold lip. Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images Pretty in polka dots: Gomez took to The Hollywood Reporter’s Empowerment in Entertainment event in a sweet black-and-white Celine by Hedi Slimane dress on April 30, 2019. Jesse Grant, Getty Images for THR At the world premiere of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” on June 30, 2018, she donned a trendy crop top and maxi skirt set from Oscar de la Renta. Phillip Faraone, WireImage The “Good For You” singer wore a cream, lacy getup by Coach at the Fashion Awards in London on Dec. 4, 2017. Samir Hussein /WireImage Creative cutouts brought this leather pants and tube top look worn on Nov. 30, 2017, to the next level. Michael Kovac, Getty Images for Billboard Showing off her newly blonde locks, Gomez arrived at the 2017 American Music Awards in another black leather ensemble, this one by Coach. Neilson Barnard, Getty Images She paired a classic LBD by Jacquemus with fun heels at the InStyle Awards on Oct. 23, 2017. Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic The perfect image of casual-chic: Gomez paired a gorgeous leather jacket with embroidered jeans at the Coach Spring 2019 New York Fashion Week show on Sept. 12, 2017. Roy Rochlin, Getty Images for Coach She wore a sheer Rodarte gown with black tulle and a bodysuit to the BoF 500 Gala days prior. Mike Pont, WireImage She wore a long-sleeved, black-and-white ensemble for a visit at SiriusXM Studios on June 5, 2017 in New York. Cindy Ord, Getty Images for SiriusXM She slipped into a floral slip dress by Coach at the Met Gala on May 1, 2017 in New York. Karwai Tang, WireImage She wore a pale blue, off-the-shoulder ensemble from Brock Collection at We Day on April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic She took the stage at the event in a Sonia Rykiel graphic tee and Levi’s denim. Tommaso Boddi, Getty Images for WE Gomez was an orange dream in an Oscar de la Renta dress at the ’13 Reasons Why’ premiere on March 30, 2017 in Los Angeles. Allen Berezovsky, WireImage for Fashion Media A close up reveals her bright orange eyeshadow and earrings. Allen Berezovsky, WireImage for Fashion Media She was pretty in Prada at the American Music Awards on Nov. 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, pairing the red gown with Cartier jewels and a low ponytail. Gregg DeGuire, WireImage Gomez wore a black-and-white Louis Vuitton look to the Met Gala on May 2, 2016, in New York. Evan Agostini, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP She brightened up the WE Day blue carpet in a yellow trench coat by The Row and Vetements jeans on April 7, 2016 in Inglewood, California. Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images for WE Day Gomez was burning up the iHeartRadio Music Awards red carpet on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California in a red Mugler cut-out jumpsuit. Allen Berezovsky, WireImage She popped in purple at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, wearing a sequined Calvin Klein Collection gown. Dan MacMedan, Dan MacMedan/USA TODAY NETWORK She was all bundled up for the premiere of ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’ at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 29, 2016. She wore a black-and-white ensemble that included a black leather jacket an wedged booties. GEORGE FREY, EPA Gomez looked elegant at the Golden Globe Awards Post-Party on Jan. 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, wearing a cream J.Mendel off-the-shoulder gown. Gregg DeGuire, WireImage Gomez donned a shimmering red Givenchy dress at the American Music Awards on Nov. 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, topping off her look with strappy Jimmy Choo shoes and sleek, straight locks. Jeffrey Mayer, WireImage She wore a cut-out navy mini dress by Mugler to the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion After Party on the same day. Michael Loccisano, (Credit too long, see caption) A daring, deep-plunging black dress by Jolibe Atelier was her look while performing on the runway during the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Nov. 10, 2015 in New York. Dimitrios Kambouris, (Credit too long, see caption) Selena Gomez went for school girl chic at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Nov. 9, 2015, in New York, wearing a retro-looking red dress on top of a long-sleeved, collared shirt. Evan Agostini, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP She looked stunning in a Ulyana Sergeenko Haute Couture dress at the Spirit Of Life Gala on Nov. 5, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. She topped off the look with Charlotte Olympia heels and a red lip. Imeh Akpanudosen, Getty Images She wore an interesting Louis Vuitton mesh look at the InStyle Awards on Oct. 26, 2015 in Los Angeles. Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic She wore a long, black Calvin Klein dress to the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss, Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Gomez was a vision in white at the Met Gala on May 4, 2015 in New York, wearing a Vera Wang gown and headpiece. Larry Busacca, Getty Images On top of some J Brand jeans, Gomez rocked a fuzzy Louis Vuitton jacket while attending We Day on April 30, 2015 in Rosemont, Illinois. Gabriel Grams, WireImage She went for a black, long-sleeved Giorgio Armani Privé gown at the American Music Awards on Nov. 23, 2014 in Los Angeles. She added a pop of red with her dangling Neil Lane earrings. Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic And check out the plunging back! Gregg DeGuire, WireImage Gomez was pretty in (blush) pink in a Armani dress at the American Music Awards on Nov. 23, 2014 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter, Getty Images She wore a plunging Versace white suit to the Unlikely Heroes Awards Dinner and Gala on Nov. 8, 2014 in Los Angeles. David Buchan, Getty Images She went for a sexy, Dior slip dress in red whie attending the screening of ‘Rudderless’ Oct. 7, 2014 in Los Angeles. She topped off the look with black accessories and sleeked back hair. Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images She wore a hot red Valentino jumpsuit at the Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration on Aug. 23, 2014 in West Hollywood paired with a black Nina Ricci clutch. Gregg DeGuire, WireImage She showed off her midriff in an animal-print top paired with Citizens of Humanity jeans while attending the Angeles premiere of ‘Behaving Badly’ on July 29, 2014 in Hollywood. She topped off the look with Barbara Bui shoes. Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic She sported a black tulle dress and veil while attending the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Launch on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France. Dominique Charriau, French Select/Getty Images She wore a strapless, black-and-white dress by Lanvin with black pumps at the American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Spring Gala in New York. Marion Curtis, AP She looked beautiful in burgundy at the Met Gala on May 5, 2014 in New York, wearing a v-cut Diane Von Furstenberg gown and dangling silver earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images She wore a beaded Antonio Berardi jumpsuit at the Unite4:humanity Event on Feb. 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic At the Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer Event on Jan. 28, 2014 in Culver City, California, Gomez looked fresh in a white BCBGMAXAZRIA jumpsuit and gold accessories. Michael Buckner, Getty Images for Entertainment I Gomez leaves the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ on Oct.17, 2013 in New York wearing a black Versus crop top and matching skirt with Giuseppe Zanotti pumps. James Devaney, WireImage Gomez wore a Atelier Versace dress while attending the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, 2013 in Brooklyn. Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images for MTV A close up reveals the intricate detailing of the gown’s bodice. Kevin Mazur Gomez looked white hot in a Atelier Versace dress with neon detailing at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, topping off the look with silver Jimmy Choo shoes. Jason Merritt, Getty Images She wore a shimmering gold Julien Macdonald mini dress at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on April 14, 2013 in Culver City, California, topping off her look with a voluminous braid and Jimmy Choo heels. Jason Merritt, Getty Images She looked beautiful in blue at the premiere of ‘Spring Breakers’ in Paris on Feb. 18, 2013, wearing a short, shimmering Gucci dress. Francois Mori, AP She looked sleek in a black Dolce & Gabbana gown for the UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani on Nov. 27, 2012 in New York. Evan Agostini, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Sophisticated Selena! She donned a posh white Giambattista Valli dress for Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards on Nov. 12, 2012 in New York. Evan Agostini, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP She stunned in a strapless leopard print Dolce & Gabbana dress while at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7, 2012 in Toronto. Evan Agostini, EVAN AGOSTINI /INVISION/AP At her Selena Gomez Fragrance Launch on June 9, 2012 in New York, she showed off her legs in a short Versace ensemble. She topped off the look with a Vanessa Bruno blazer and Giuseppe Zanotti heels. Fernando Leon, Getty Images She looked cute in a Dolce & Gabbana dress and pink Cesare Paciotti pumps at the Kids’ Choice Awards on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles. Jason Redmond, AP She wore a shimmery, cream J. Mendel gown at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011. Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY She was red hot in a fiery Dolce & Gabbana gown at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2011. Carlo Allegri, AP She looked stunning in a cream and gold Erin Fetherston dress and Brian Atwood strappy heels at the Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. Jason Merritt, Getty Images She arrived at the Intermix/VH1 Rock Honors VIP party in Los Angeles on July 11, 2008 looking casual in jeans and a tank top. Matt Sayles, AP She arrived at the ‘Kit Kittredge: An American Girl’ premiere in a skirt/tank combo on June 14, 2008 in Los Angeles. Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
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Step 1: Diagnosis
According to the National Institutes of Health, symptoms of lupus nephritis include swelling in the legs, feet, ankles and face; muscle pain and fever.
Doctors measure kidney function by testing blood and urine for creatine, a waste product generated by normal muscle breakdown. Failing kidneys aren’t able to remove it efficiently, causing rising creatine levels.
From there, a kidney biopsy is performed in order to examine the filtration cells to detect damage and gauge its severity.
Step 2: Tame the immune system with medication
Once diagnosed, the lupus patient’s overactive immune system is then knocked out with a combination of drugs with the goal of either slowing down the rate of kidney damage or putting the nephritis into remission.
But doing so leaves them at high risk of infection, Masani notes.
The base medication is the steroid prednisone, which he calls a “horrible drug. Any patient that has taken it will tell you that … It gives young women the heart and bones of a 60-year-old.”
Over the last 20 years, he says, doctors have had increasing success with a new anti-rejection drug called Mycophenolate Mofetil.
“It’s made a huge difference for transplant patients and for lupus patients,” he says, noting it has come to usurp chemotherapy (which Gomez says she received) as a first-line treatment.
The newer regimen is still rough on patients, he cautions. “All of these drugs have side effects. You get nothing for free. These young women with lupus go through hell on this stuff.”
The bottom line: Doctors can’t cure lupus nephritis, Masani emphasizes, but “we can treat it and hopefully slow it down so that not everyone ends up needing a transplant or dialysis.”
Step 3: Dialysis and transplants
“In 2017, the best treatment for kidney failure is a kidney transplant,” Masani says, crediting revolutionary anti-rejection meds like ciclosporin and mycophenilate, which have been in use since the 1990s.
But transplant is not a cure for kidney failure, he specifies. “Dialysis keeps your head above water; transplant restores organ function.”
Lupus patients tend not to fare as well with long-term dialysis compared to other diseases because of the relationship between the heart and kidneys, he adds.
Transplant patients will need anti-rejection medications for the rest of their lives, but Masani says there is an upside: “One ‘advantage’ is that once they get the transplant is that the same drugs that keep the body from rejecting the new kidney also quiet down the lupus.”
Improvements are evident within the first few months following the transplant: “Ideally, they should go hand in hand,” Masani explains. “The immune system is kept at bay. The kidney does good, their lupus does good.”
However, transplanted kidneys don’t last forever: “The average life of a good kidney is 15-20 years,” he estimates. “There’s a decent chance (Gomez) may need another one, but some people last five years and others last 30.”
Quality of life
“If (Gomez) takes her medicine and follows up with her doctors (including monthly blood tests), she should do really well,” Masani predicts.
So many side effects
Lupus and the medications used to keep it in check can hamper a woman’s ability to have children, notes Emily Somers, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Michigan who studies the disease’s impact on the reproductive system.
“The disease often strikes during the reproductive years,” she explains. “In fact, the risk of lupus among minority women peaks during their twenties.”
As a result, she says, “Pregnancy among women with lupus can carry risks to both the mother and fetus,so pre-conception planning is incredibly important. The goal is to plan pregnancies when lupus is not flaring, and to make medication adjustments appropriate for pregnancy.”
Certain types of chemotherapy such as cyclophosphamide can damage the ovaries, impacting fertility, she says. “Fortunately, treatment options are expanding which may help to preserve ovarian function.”
What is lupus, and how is Selena Gomez being treated?
Lupus is incurable and difficult to diagnose, with the American star describing the autoimmune disease as “very misunderstood”.
Two years after being diagnosed with lupus, Selena Gomez has had a kidney transplant. But what do we know about the “complex and poorly understood” disease?
The star is among several celebrities who have suffered with the illness – including Toni Braxton, Kelle Bryan and the late Michael Jackson.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the condition.
What is lupus?
Lupus is an incurable immune system illness. It is believed to be genetic in origin – and women are affected in 90% of cases. You are more likely to suffer from lupus if you are of African or Asian descent.
With lupus, the immune system (the body’s defence system) turns against the body and produces too many antibodies – causing harm to organs and tissues, principally the kidneys and skin.
Organs are often damaged irreversibly, meaning many lupus sufferers have transplants.
Image: Toni Braxton opened up about her experience of lupus in 2015
How can I catch lupus?
Lupus is not infectious, nor is it contagious. Often, lupus patients have family members with autoimmune conditions or illnesses such as multiple sclerosis or diabetes.
According to Lupus UK, other triggers appear to include viral infections, strong medication, sunlight, childbirth and the menopause.
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Two main symptoms of lupus are joint and muscle pain, as well as an extreme tiredness that persists despite lots of rest.
Other symptoms include depression, rashes, headaches, anaemia, fevers, hair loss and mouth ulcers.
Doctors often misdiagnose lupus due to the variety of symptoms, but normal tests include urine and blood tests.
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How can you treat lupus?
Usually, diagnosing lupus is not straightforward. But once diagnosed, it is generally treated using anti-malarials such as hydroxychloroquine, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Steroids such as prednisolone have been critical for improving the lives of lupus patients. Immunosuppressants are used in more severe cases.
If your kidneys fail, you can be treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Despite being incurable, most patients can anticipate a normal lifespan.
5 Things Selena Gomez’s Battle With Lupus Have Taught Us About the Autoimmune Disease
Growing up in the spotlight can be tough — just ask Disney-star-turned-pop-singer Selena Gomez. The 26-year-old has been candid about the challenges that come with the attention (and has taken a couple of social media hiatuses to deal, as she explained in a 2018 Instagram post preceding one such break).
But Gomez has also embraced her celebrity as a way to educate fans about being diagnosed with and living with lupus, a sometimes debilitating chronic condition.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that commonly affects the skin, joints, and kidneys. Instead of warding off infection and disease to keep the body healthy, the immune systems of people with lupus attack healthy tissues in the body. The signs and symptoms of lupus aren’t always present. Rather, there are episodes, called flares, when symptoms worsen.
Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis in a 2015 Billboard article. And she’s spoken up about managing the condition several times since then.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, women in their childbearing years (between age 14 and 45) are at a higher risk of developing lupus compared to the general population, with the disease affecting 1 in 250 women in this age group.
Here, take a look at what the pop star has said about lupus and how she’s raised public awareness of the disease.
1. Kidney Transplant Is a Common Complication
In the fall of 2017, Gomez revealed that she’d received a kidney transplant. Her friend Francia Raisa donated the organ earlier that summer. Gomez shared the news with fans by posting a photo on Instagram of the two women at the hospital.
Gomez told the audience at the Lupus Research Alliance annual gala in November of that year that the transplant was tied to a complication called lupus nephritis, a kidney disease associated with lupus, according to People. “After undergoing so many tests to monitor my kidneys, my doctors told me I have lupus nephritis, one of those complications from lupus,” Gomez told the audience. “They said I would be needing a kidney transplant.”
The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 15 to 20 percent of people with lupus nephritis need a kidney transplant or chronic dialysis to stay healthy.
This complication is why it’s so important for doctors to routinely screen people with lupus for signs of kidney trouble, such as high blood pressure and swollen legs, explains Mike Katsaros, DO, a rheumatologist and the chair of the department of internal medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at the Western University of Health Studies in Ponoma, California. “We always recommend patients with lupus are seen regularly by a rheumatologist because often they won’t have any signs or symptoms the kidneys are being affected until it’s later on when there’s more and more damage,” he says.
2. Lupus Can Take a Mental Toll
Lupus creates inflammation, which can lead to fatigue, joint pain, and skin issues. And though it’s less talked about, lupus can affect mental health, too.
Gomez told People in August 2016, “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks, and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.” And in 2018, she told Harper’s Bazaar that she considers the depression and anxiety she faces to be an ongoing struggle.
Dr. Katsaros says that chronic diseases involving arthritis, such as lupus, do indeed have the ability to affect mental health because the symptoms can be life altering.
“It can have a tremendous effect on a patient and how they perceive themselves. It affects their work. It affects their relationships,” Katsaros says. “It’s generally a difficult thing to cope with.”
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According to a study published in 2018 in Medicine, 25 percent of people with lupus have experienced depression, and 37 percent have dealt with anxiety. Still, Katsaros says it’s important to know that while it’s possible for someone with a lot of inflammation to feel anxious or depressed, this doesn’t happen to everyone with lupus.
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3. Stroke Is a Potential Lupus Complication, Too
Gomez took a break from the spotlight in the winter of 2014 and entered a rehab program in Arizona to help her deal with the disease, she told Billboard in 2015. “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” she said.
According to the Mayo Clinic, lupus can affect the brain and central nervous system, leading to side effects such as headaches and dizziness on the mild end to, more seriously, seizures and strokes. Katsaros says that while Gomez may have been at risk of having a stroke, these serious complications aren’t very common. “Most patients don’t have the most severe manifestation,” Katsaros says. “It’s people can live with and live with well.”
4. Lupus Treatment Can Involve Chemotherapy
In the 2015 Billboard article, Gomez revealed that she’d undergone chemotherapy to treat her lupus, though she had a hard time opening up to fans about it at the time. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy,’” she said. “I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
Not everyone with lupus will need chemotherapy, but people with serious cases of lupus may be prescribed a chemotherapy medication — such as cyclophosphamide, methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall), or mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) — which suppresses the immune system.
5. Living a Healthy Lifestyle Can Help Limit Lupus Flares
Gomez told Billboard that her secret to staying healthy is “diet, routine, and medication.” It’s not surprising that a healthy lifestyle has helped Gomez manage her lupus because experts recommend doing the same thing. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and ultraviolet sunlight can all reduce flare-ups and symptoms.
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Katsaros says that diet is indeed an important part of managing lupus and that avoiding cholesterol and high amounts of fat and sugar can reduce inflammation and minimize symptoms.
As for Gomez’s comment on sticking to a routine, according to Katsaros, there isn’t research to support this claim, but he says it makes sense. “I could see how that would be beneficial for some people because the thing about autoimmune diseases and lupus is there’s always concern about a flare, about what’s around the corner,” he says. “A routine offers some normalcy, some stability, so you’re reducing the unknown as much as possible. You’re as in control as you can be.” (Additionally, both physical and emotional stress have been linked to triggering lupus flares.)
Selena Gomez admits the journey to figuring out how to manage her mental health hasn’t been easy, but says she’s finally in a good place.
“My highs were really high, and my lows would take me out for weeks at a time. I found out I do suffer from mental health issues. And, honestly, that was such a relief. I realized that there was a way to get help and to find people that you trust,” Gomez, 27, told WSJ Magazine. “I got on the right medication, and my life has been completely changed.”
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“I feel like I was supposed to go through everything I’ve gone through,” Gomez said. “I had low self-esteem, and that’s something I work on continuously. But I feel so empowered because I’ve gained so much knowledge about what was going on mentally.”
Gomez, who got her start on “Barney,” as a child, has grown up in the spotlight. She opened up about her struggles with depression and anxiety in a speech last year, with the hope that her experience would encourage other people to seek help.
“It felt as though all of my pain, anxiety and fear washed over me all at once, and it was one of the scariest times of my life,” she said as she recently accepted the 2019 McLean Award from McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, honoring her for her work to advance the public’s understanding of mental health.
Gomez sought treatment in 2018 for anxiety and depression, one year after the singer had a kidney transplant as a result of her battle with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease.
Hearing her diagnosis made Gomez feel “equal parts terrified and relieved,” she said.
“Although this does not mean that it has all gone away, I can say that after a year of a lot of intense work I am happier, I am healthier and I’m in control of my emotions and thoughts more than I have ever been,” she said.
Selena Gomez is putting her health first.
The 26-year-old singer and actress made headlines on Wednesday, after it was revealed that she was recently hospitalized and seeking treatment at a mental health facility.
A source told ET that it was issues with Gomez’s physical health — she suffers from lupus and underwent a kidney transplant last summer — and her frustration with it that led her to eventually seek treatment.
While another source told ET that the star “is getting better every day,” she shared in a previous interview with Harper’s Bazaar that she expects her battle with depression and anxiety to be something she’ll face for the rest of her life. She’s entered treatment several times over the last few years and has been candid with fans about her desire to stay healthy.
Here’s a look back at the times Gomez has spoken about her health struggles.
Checking Into Rehab
The Spring Breakers star spent time at rehab facility in Wickenburg, Arizona, in 2014, after a series of overwhelming life events. “I got diagnosed with lupus. My mom had a very public miscarriage,” she recalled in the May 2016 issue of GQ magazine. “So, I had to cancel my tour. I needed time to just be OK.”
Gomez first opened up about having lupus in a 2015 interview with Billboard magazine, over a year after she checked herself into rehab.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy,” she disclosed. “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.”
Gomez said the speculation around her recovery did take a toll on her. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a**holes,'” she exclaimed. “I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
Living With Lupus
Not long after her 2015 Billboard interview, Gomez went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and further explained her diagnosis and what she went through after first learning of her illness.
“I think it was just very complicated because I didn’t understand and then that was something that I did want to keep private until my whole life suddenly wasn’t private,” she told the talk show host. “So, it was my moment. I’m really honestly able to relate to people and I get it.”
“It’s kind of one of those situations,” she added. “You just have to take care of yourself.”
Checking Back Into Rehab
In August 2016, Gomez canceled the remaining dates of her Revival World Tour and checked into a treatment facility in Tennessee, citing that she was having anxiety, panic attacks and depression as a result of her lupus.
“Tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot,” she shared in the April issue of Vogue magazine. “I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable.”
The “Bad Liar” singer added that going to rehab was “one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”
Gomez also revealed in the Vogue interview that she sees a therapist five times a week for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a treatment, according to to the magazine, that was “first developed for patients with borderline personality disorder that is now more widely used to treat conditions like depression.”
“DBT has completely changed my life,” she insisted. “I wish more people would talk about therapy.”
The 25-year-old singer-actress revealed in July 2017 that her longtime pal, Francia Raisa, donated her kidney. “I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my lupus and was recovering,” she captioned a photo of her and Raisa holding hands following the procedure. “It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”
According to the National Kidney Foundation, lupus can cause “inflammation of the small blood vessels that filter wastes in your kidney — and sometimes the kidney itself — by attacking like they would attack a disease.”
In a Good Morning America interview in June 2018, Gomez opened up about how her life had changed since the transplant. “Honestly I’ve just kind of stepped back a bit,” she said. “I’m enjoying my life.”
“I don’t really think about anything that causes me stress anymore, which is really nice,” she added. “I don’t even live in Los Angeles anymore. I don’t pay attention to trying to get people to like me as much.”
Gomez continued to maintain privacy around her personal life and again entered treatment in January 2018, around the time of her split from Justin Bieber. A source told ET at the time that the former Disney star voluntarily checked herself into a two-week wellness program in upstate New York to “regroup” after having a lot on her plate.
“This most recent stint was preventative,” the source explained. “She hasn’t relapsed and she’s not in a bad place, quite the opposite. She did this to ensure she continues on a good path. It’s super responsible. More people should be proactive about their health and wellness instead of waiting for something bad to happen.”
“Anyone who knows me knows I will always start with my health and my well-being,” she told Harper’s Bazaarin March. “I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome.”
“There won’t be a day when I’m like, ‘Here I am in a pretty dress — I won!’ I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m OK with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else,” she added.
Back in Treatment
“Selena has dealt with depression for a while, and and the people around her have always kept an eye on how she feels, even more so since her kidney transplant. Selena wasn’t feeling well and went to the hospital, as she does whenever she feels off. After further monitoring, it was decided that Selena would seek treatment at a facility,” a source told ET on Thursday.
According to TMZ, the 26-year-old singer went to the hospital twice in the past couple of weeks. The first time came when Gomez was at her Studio City, California, home where she was reportedly in low spirits and emotional over an alarming low white blood cell count.
Gomez was released days later but re-admitted late last week due to continued health issues stemming from her kidney transplant, according to the outlet’s source. Per TMZ, the hospitalization drove Gomez to have an “emotional breakdown” where she had a “meltdown” and “freaked out” when she wasn’t allowed to leave.
Another source told ET that Gomez and her family decided it was best that she head back to the East Coast mental health facility she went to earlier in the year. According to the source, the “Wolves” singer is now following doctors’ advice in order to get better.
“Selena is a fighter and we will be back in no time, but for now she is listening to the doctors and staying healthy with exercise, a diet plan and being monitored by doctors at the facility,” the source said.
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Selena Gomez Has Been Making ‘Amazing’ Improvements With Her Lupus
Selena Gomez has been making “amazing” strides toward bettering her health these days.
So far this year, Gomez has appeared on a handful of new songs, released a new movie, and has been hanging out with loved ones — like her cousin, Priscilla DeLeon, whom she served as Maid of Honor at her wedding. And now, according to E! News, Gomez also seems to be making incredible improvements with her lupus too.
“Selena is doing amazing!” a source told the outlet. “She has completely transformed her health and lifestyle. She has been making strides and improvements with her lupus and have had less flare-ups and symptoms.”
What’s more, the insider added: “She has also been writing new music in the studio and hoping to release something early next year. She is in a much better headspace and is really happy right now.”
As you know, the “Back to You” musician confirmed in 2015 she had been diagnosed with lupus. Since then, the auto-immune disease has urged Gomez to postpone her music career at times and keep a minimal presence in the spotlight during the initial years of her diagnosis.
Things got better for the 26-year-old after undergoing an urgent kidney transplant in 2017, though the singer found herself seeking treatment at a mental health center for an “emotional breakdown” for a few months during the fall of 2018.
In any case, we’re so happy to hear Selena’s doing well — and more excited to hear SG3!
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The Cruel Way People Attacked Selena Gomez Over Her Lupus Diagnosis
Pop sensation Selena Gomez is one of the biggest names in the music industry, beloved by millions of fans all around the world. The young star rose to prominence after being featured on the Disney Channel as a child and is now a certified phenomenon.
Still, it hasn’t always been an easy ride for Gomez, as she has dealt with a succession of health issues as well as personal struggles. She recently opened up about some of those struggles and how the bullying she received after one particular crisis affected her deeply.
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Born in 1992, Gomez began her career as an actor, appearing in the TV show Barney & Friends. After several other small roles in television shows, Gomez earned a recurring role in the ultra-popular show Hannah Montana.
Gomez started to focus her attention on music. And, around the time she landed a starring role in Wizards of Waverly Place, she started contributing songs to various Disney Channel soundtracks. Ultimately, she landed her very own record deal and started working exclusively on music.
Sadly, Gomez has been plagued with health troubles for much of her adult life. In 2014, Gomez was hospitalized, the exact reason kept hidden from the public. While many people assumed that it was for substance abuse issues, that would prove to not be the case.
Only two years later, Gomez went to rehab for anxiety and depression, and in the summer of 2017, Gomez would undergo a kidney transplant. The 2018 calendar year was also a difficult year for Gomez, as she would take a step back from social media to undergo therapy. Then, in October of that year, she was hospitalized for mental health treatment.
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In 2015, after Gomez’s first hospitalization, she decided to open up and share with fans the exact reason for it. Gomez revealed that she had been diagnosed with lupus and went through chemotherapy in order to combat the disease. Her 2014 hospitalization was a direct result of dealing with lupus, and not, as many suspected, the byproduct of substance abuse.
For many of Gomez’s fans, it was the first time that they had heard of lupus. The autoimmune condition causes the body to attack its own cells, and while the symptoms are varied and different for many sufferers, it can lead to seizures and, in Gomez’s case, kidney problems. The 2015 interview wasn’t the only time that Gomez would open up about her medical condition.
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Recently, Gomez gave an in-depth interview where she discussed some of the ways that fans have reacted to her condition. She stated that she started to struggle more with body image after her lupus diagnosis, especially considering that some of the medications she had to take caused side effects such as weight gain.
Gomez revealed that after her weight began to regularly fluctuate as a result of the medication and other health issues, she noticed people “attacking” her for the way she looked. The negative feedback started taking a toll on her “big time” and she acknowledged that it “messed” her up for a bit.
Still, these days, Gomez stated that she is in a good place. “I don’t care to expose myself to everyone and hear what they have to say about it,” the singer said, also mentioning that she doesn’t spend much time on social media anymore.
She has every reason to be happy: Her new music is resonating with fans and she is back on the top of the charts. For Gomez, things are only looking up.