She thanked her family and the team at the hospital for their support as well as her "beautiful friend" Francia Raisa, who gave her the "ultimate gift" by donating a kidney. "I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis."
According to the Mayo Clinic Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that "occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments... While there's no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms."
Inflammation from Lupus can cause serious kidney damage and kidney failure, which is one of the leading causes of death among people with the disease.
Lupus Nephritis and Why Selena Gomez Needed a Kidney Transplant
Thankfully for fans, Gomez is on the mend, as evidenced by this fan meet and greet picture she posted earlier this week. The singer also participated in the "Hand in Hand" fundraiser for hurricane relief on Tuesday night (Sept. 12) and made an appearance at New York Fashion Week to support her boyfriend The Weeknd and check out the runway show for the luxury brand she reps, Coach. Gomez recently opened up about the darker side of childhood fame and the importance of having surrounding yourself with a strong support group and her struggles with mental health issues.
“I think I would have all of the same issues," she told Business of Fashion in a cover story. I think mine are amplified just a little bit only because of the public aspect, but I do think they’re very similar. When it comes to the internal stuff -- the insecurities, growing up, friendships, family, mental health, all of that stuff.” Best of all, she's revealed that her upcoming album will feature a "beautiful" song with EDM star Marshmello.