American singer and actress Selena Gomez recently shared in her Instagram account why she has been missing in action over the past few months. Apparently, the “Hands To Myself” singer underwent a kidney transplant this summer and the donor is none other than her good friend, actress Francia Raisa.
In Gomez’s social media account, she posted a photo of herself together Raisa on a hospital bed. Smiling at each other, the two are holding hands. The caption read, “”There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” said Gomez. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
Gomez revealed that she needed to go through the transplant because of her battle with Lupus, which she publicly announced last 2015. Since then, she has been open about it and even raised awareness about the disease. She talked about keeping her whereabouts a secret but she said that she will soon be detailing more about her journey. She did share a photo of her scar in her abdomen though.
She also ended her post with the phrase, “By grace through faith.” That’s a reference to Ephesians 2:8, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
According to CBN News, the young pop sensation has been reconnecting with her faith for the past year or so. She even joined Hillsong in worship in 2016 to sing the first worship song she ever wrote. Moreover, reports said that she has been talking more about her faith lately and has been spending some time with friends from church.
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. 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. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith