Selena Gomez has lupus.

“As a matter fact” statement, that phrase is hard to write and read. It doesn’t get any bolder than that and I don’t mean it to offend. Instead, I’m hoping that this strong statement grabs your attention. I’m honestly happy Selena Gomez is bringing  awareness to this physical health issue. An issue that affects countless individuals, including a few of my own family members.

It was something I had never heard of or given much thought to until my sister landed in the hospital unable to leave for almost 2 weeks.

When we found out my sister had lupus she was basically living at the hospital, unable to leave, for those 2 weeks. It was quite scary, to say the least.

It shook my family to its core.

We scrambled to donate blood. Just in case. It was uneasy watching doctors come in and out only to deliver the same prognosis of her condition, which didn’t seem to want to change. Her blood count was low and our fear was that she could go into cardiac arrest. To this day, anytime she is feeling unwell we all hold our breath.

She does take care of herself as much as her body allows. She understands lupus much more, as do we. Still, we can always continue educating ourselves since progressive medicine is always taking place. Selena Gomez may never read this, but I want to thank her for opening up about her condition and educating the public, creating awareness about something so personal.

So what is lupus, you ask?

It’s an autoimmune chronic disease that effects the blood, skin, joints, among other things. You can read more about lupus here:

Selena Gomez opens up about lupus