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Selena Gomez: How Health Struggle Shaped Her Summer Of Hits
Health, sharing and friendship combined for an especially meaningful morning today as Selena Gomez gave her 126 million Instagram followers insight into what she termed her summer of "laying low."
Gomez announced she received a kidney transplant from her friend, actress Francia Raisa, which required her to take some time to heal and recuperate from her battle with lupus this summer. The Lupus Research Alliance estimates that 1.5 million Americans have some form of the medical condition — this includes Gomez.
The first 7 hours since her post about her transplant produced 5 million likes as the internet rushed to support this journey she travels, in her words, "by grace through faith."
Having lit up charts, phones, partiesn and playlists with the summer songs "Bad Liar" and "Fetish," Selena Gomez sets a remarkable example for what "laying low" means. Lupus conditions can be mysterious and require continuous management, but hearts combine to support her and pray that she gains steadiness and resilient health for the next stage of her life and the upcoming performance stages where she always comes through.
"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," said Gomez, turning to thank her family, her medical team, and her friend Raisa for "the ultimate gift and sacrifice."
While social media and its hassles can often take their toll on celebrities, it is a privilege for fans to express their genuine caring about Selena Gomez as she lets her public participate in her dignified struggles and creative achievements, and this morning that sentiment is going global.