Selena Gomez has Lupus
Selena Gomez is a household name; with roughly 12million records sold, numerous acting credits under her belt and a relationship with a certain Canadian ex-boyfriend that still stirs up attention years later.
And she's back with a brand new album, and giving media outlets insight into her "break" from the limelight.
More of an alternative girl myself growing up, I never found myself choosing to blast Selena Gomez as the soundtrack to my life. With that said, I've stopped listening to bands where I'm being yelled at more than serenaded to and the Disney princess has grown up.
"Good For You" is without a doubt my pick for best track off her latest album, "Revival". The album dropped October 9th and is being welcomed with open arms from fans and within the industry.
Selena dropped off people's radars for awhile, where rumours circulated that she was in rehab for a variety of vices. Those rumours were wrong. Very, very wrong.
Now the world knows that she was in fact dealing with Lupus; a systemic autoimmune disease. Where your immune system confuses your own bodys' cells for intruders, causing inflammation and damage to various organs. In simplest of terms, your body's own defence mechanism is attacking itself.
How common is it?
8% of population
Who is more susceptible, men or women?
Mostly ages 15 - 44
Lupus is a leading cause of premature cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women
There is no cure at the moment, making this a chronic disease
Selena sought chemotherapy as a treatment to keep her immune system from attacking her own cells and to give her body a chance to heal from the constant inflammation. Chemotherapy is commonly known as treatment for cancer, but it is also used for Lupus since one of the effects is the suppression of the immune system.
Let's just think about this for a moment...
This 23 year old girl was dealing with a SERIOUS illness, one that could have compromised her life and everyone was so quick to jump aboard the bandwagon and speculate on the type of "addiction" that led her to rehab... Sometimes we crave pop culture to a fault.
There is always so much more than what meets the eye.
For more information on Lupus please visit: http://www.lupuscanada.org