Selena Gomez posted a swimsuit photo showing off her kidney transplant scar.
The actress and singer said she used to be self-conscious about her scar.
Selena, who suffers from lupus, underwent a kidney transplant in September 2017.
Singer and actress Selena Gomez, 28, just shared a super-inspiring photo of herself on Instagram rocking a pretty light blue one-piece swimsuit that shows off her scar from her kidney transplant.
"When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar," she shared in her caption.
She continued, "I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through...and I’m proud of that. T - Congratulations on what you’re doing for women, launching @lamariette whose message is just that...all bodies are beautiful."
When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar. I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through...and I’m proud of that. T - Congratulations on what you’re doing for women, launching @lamariette whose message is just that...all bodies are beautiful.
A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Sep 24, 2020 at 9:57am PDT
In September 2017, Selena shared that she had secretly underwent a kidney transplant due to her battle with lupus from her friend Francia Raisa, who donated her kidney to her.
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
A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Sep 14, 2017 at 3:07am PDT
“My kidneys were just done,” Selena said in an interview with Today. “That was it, and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking someone to do that was really difficult for me. [Francia] volunteered and did it. And let alone someone wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match. The fact that she was a match, I mean that’s unbelievable. That’s not real.”
It was a huge ordeal for both Francia and Selena.
“I had to write a will, which was scary because there’s no guarantee I’ll wake up,” Francia said. Francia had her surgery first and everything went well, followed by Selena who said she felt fine at first but later began experiencing a lot of pain.
Her doctors told her that she’d need to go right back into surgery—her new kidney was turning around in her body. “My teeth were like grinding, I was freaking out,” Selena said. “It was a six-hour surgery that they had to do on me, and the normal kidney process is actually two hours.”
“Apparently one of the arteries had flipped,” she added. “I’m very grateful that there are people who know what to do in that situation.”
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