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
Channel 5 News (14/09/2017)
Interview with Amy Baker
BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat (14/09/2017)
Interview with Natascha McIntyre DeVitto (starts at 4:37)
BBC Breakfast (15/09/2017)
Interview with Prof Ian Bruce and Pauline Obi
BBC Radio 5Live Breakfast Show (15/09/2017)
Interview with Dr Chris Wincup (starts at 48:45) & interview with Monique McKay and her brother Nick (1:39:33)
There were also interviews broadcast on BBC News, BBC Newsround and Sky News Radio on 14/09/2017.
“The long-term outlook for patients with lupus nephritis has improved considerably but a small number still go on to lose their kidney function (end stage renal disease). This usually happens some years after their lupus diagnosis and there are many reasons why some patients do not respond well to the drugs while others do."
"They then require a transplant or support by dialysis until a transplant becomes available. The good news is that kidney transplantation is very successful in lupus patients, and lupus patients do as well as any patients of a similar age suffering from other types of kidney disease. Their lupus typically stops being a problem but they do need to take medicines to stop the transplant rejecting and attend for regular follow-up in a transplant clinic."
"A really important point is the early detection of lupus attacking the kidneys and the immediate start of effective treatment. This provides the patient with their best chance of avoiding kidney damage, but this is not always possible and the search for newer and better drugs continues.”
We are extremely grateful to Selena Gomez for her bravery in sharing her experiences with lupus and helping to raise awareness of the impact the disease can have. We would like to wish both her and Francia Raisa a speedy recovery.