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"I am really honored to be here with all of you guys tonight, my Lupus community. As many of you know…"

“I am really honored to be here with all of you guys tonight, my Lupus community. 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. 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,” Gomez said, 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. I also want people to know why research is so important and why we must support the scientists who bring all the promise of new discovery. 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. 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. I’d like to see the day when all young women can realize their dreams of life without a Lupus. 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.”

Selena Gomez talking about Lupus and her kidney transplant at the Lupus Research Alliance’s Breaking Through Gala in New York. 11/20/2107 (via selgomez-news)
Source: Selena Gomez Revival Tour, Selena Daily

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