Selena Gomez deals with her health in the most inspiring way
Singer, actress and all-around good person, Selena Gomez, has been battling lupus since 2015 – and she recently shared on Instagram that she had a kidney transplant over the summer due to the disease.
For the unfamiliar, lupus (officially known as systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy tissue. It can strike any part of the body at any time and often causes painful and swollen joints, fever, chest pain, hair loss, mouth ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and a rash, which most commonly affects the face.
Gomez has been a vocal advocate for lupus ever since she was diagnosed. She’s spoken publicly about her struggles with the disease and how it’s impacted her life. She took time off from her very busy (and very successful) music career in 2016 to recover from “anxiety, panic attacks and depression,” which she said were related to her diagnosis. She then was forced to take time off this summer to recover from the transplant.
In honour of Gomez being inspiring AF, I rounded up five times when she showed lupus who was boss: