Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga have recently publicised their experiences with chronic illness. Previously, Lady Gaga had stated that she tested borderline positive for Lupus. She has now shared her Fibromyalgia diagnosis. Selena Gomez then shocked the world when announced her kidney transplant due to Lupus complications. It was also beautiful to see that Selena’s best friend, Francia Raisa, donated her kidney.
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
As a chronic illness advocate these announcements really struck a chord with me. Selena Gomez really personifies invisible illness. Even I had no idea how severe her Lupus was. I had assumed her condition was quite stable and her treatment was working effectively. Similarly, from just looking at Lady Gaga or watching her amazing performances you would never know she has a chronic pain condition.
I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word "suffer" not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I'm being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn't be further from the truth. I'm a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans. I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.
Selena’s recent surgery really highlights how severe invisible illnesses can become. It also demonstrates how functional a person can be despite battling severe conditions and awaiting surgery. I believe this will help people like myself who continue to work full-time and lead seemingly normal lives to be taken seriously. It seems as though if you try your best to continue as normal people minimise your condition.
I am excited to see what else Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez plan to do for the chronic illness community. Gaga has already announced an upcoming documentary on Netflix, and Gomez is heavily involved with Lupus charities. I also hope to see more research and compassion in regards to chronic illness.
Let me know your thoughts on these recent announcements.
Until next time, shine bright Stars.