Selena Gomez Discusses Lupus Struggles During Gala In NYC

Selena Gomez at the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday

Back in 2016, she donated proceeds from her Revival Tour to the alliance, and encouraged fans to donate to the organization through a heartfelt Instagram post revealing her surgery in September.

Although Selena Gomez is doing "quite well now", she says at one point that her Lupus was literally a matter of "life-or-death".

Selena Gomez is opening up about her battle with lupus in hope of raising awareness about the disease.

Delivering a candid speech at the Lupus Research Alliance in NY on Monday night, the 25-year-old opened up about her battle and how it became "life-or-death".

The 25-year-old singer was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease several years ago. She added that though she was fortunate enough to get a kidney transplant, not everyone has that option. But the path to get there - not wanting to ask anyone in her life, needing a donor who wasn't just willing but a match - was very challenging. As many of you know or might not know, I was diagnosed with Lupus about five or six years ago... "I've been speaking out about my situation to raise awareness about the disease", Gomez began, according to a November 21 report by Hollywood Life. There is no cure for lupus, but there are treatments available.

Selena Gomez at the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday.

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She went on to admit that when her doctors initially warned her that she might need a kidney transplant one day (which obviously came to pass), she wasn't completely aware of the seriousness of the situation - and that resulted in a dire outcome. This week, Selena Gomez' mother Mandy Teefey expressed gratitude for Raisa's donation, writing: "Selena gained a kidney, I was able to keep my little girl, but I also gained another daughter". News. "Thankfully, one of my best friends gave me her kidney and it was the ultimate gift of life".

"I was freaking out".

"She lived with me in this interesting time where my kidneys were just done", said Gomez on NBC News. Gomez said there a 3 to 5 percent chance her lupus may return.

The event, held in New York City on Monday night, honored Gomez, who is an honorary chair for the foundation, for her help in spreading awareness for the disease.

"It feels good to actually be honoring people like you or in my world it could seem kind of vain, but this is really, really special".

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