Selena Gomez opens up about kidney transplant in a moving Instagram post

We’ve grown so accustomed to watching the lives of our favorite celebrities unfold in the media spotlight that it can be easy to forget even the most iconic A-listers have real-world struggles.

This morning, talented singer and actress Selena Gomez revealed via a moving Instagram post that she received a kidney transplant earlier this summer as a part of her lupus treatment.

Back in October 2015, Selena Gomez opened up about her Lupus diagnosis.

The singer spoke about her diagnosis in Billboard’s Oct. 17, 2015 issue after fans began speculating about her absence from the spotlight. “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” Gomez revealed.

Since going public with her diagnosis, the singer has become a vocal advocate for Lupus awareness.

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Lupus is a type of autoimmune disease that leads to severe damage of various body tissues. In addition to kidney problems, lupus can cause extreme fatigue, joint pain, fever, and skin rashes.

This morning, Gomez revealed in a moving Instagram post that she had received a kidney transplant during the summer as part of her treatment.

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

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Her caption reads:

“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: http://www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith.”

Her courageous donor, Francia Raisa, is one of Gomez’s closest friends.

Feliz cumpleaños a mi hermana, My forever friend ❤️

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Aside from her appearances on Gomez’s social media, you may recognize Raisa from her role of Adrian on The Secret Life of the American Teenager and other Freeform shows

Gomez expressed her deepest gratitude to Raisa, thanking her for “the ultimate gift and sacrifice.”

Naturally, fans were moved by this touching post.

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Best wishes Selena!

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