On World Kidney Day, Selena Gomez has declared she is ‘forever grateful’ for friend Francia Raise, who donated her kidney to the singer in 2017 after Gomez suffered complications from the autoimmune disease, lupus.
Thank you for blessing me. I am forever grateful to you. https://t.co/qW5Xm7GJpY
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) March 12, 2021
On Thursday, the singer took to social media to repost a thread written by Raisa in honour of the special day, writing, ‘If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve kept my kidney donation process pretty private’.
On Twitter, alongside a photo of herself in the hospital, Raisa continued, ‘While I wasn’t affected personally by kidney disease, I’ve seen the impacts of it first-hand and want to do my part to help educate others on it, so in honour of World Kidney Day, let’s talk about the impact of kidney disease and how we can work to ensure those living with kidney disease are living well.’
kidney disease and how we can work to ensure those living with kidney disease are living well. For those interested here is a link https://t.co/AMal7Fuf4u to a great resource for learning more about Kidney Disease… 3/4
— Francia Raisa (@franciaraisa) March 11, 2021
Meanwhile, Gomez, who underwent the kidney transplant nearly four years ago, shared the post and wrote, ‘Thank you for blessing me. I am forever grateful to you.’ Ever since, Gomez has continued to be an outspoken advocate for Lupus.
Last December, the singer also spoke about learning how to embrace her transplant scars, ‘At the beginning of my recovery, I was a little bit sad. You’re already going through something, and then there’s the added pressure of ‘I don’t look the same. I don’t know if I feel comfortable in my body’.
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‘But I’m also around some of the best people, who see beyond the things we sometimes get wrapped up in. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that scar, and now I look at it in a much different way. I feel like I’m more of a warrior.’
The two besties have been friends since 2007, when Disney and ABC Family had the stars of their shows visit a children’s hospital. ‘Selena and I were in the same group and we just clicked,’ Raisa had shared.
Shortly after Gomez shared the transplant news, Raisa took to Instagram to share how it changed her life, adding ‘This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story.’