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Back in 2017, Selena Gomez received a donor kidney from her friend Francia Raisa due to complications from the chronic autoimmune disease lupus. On Thursday (March 11), which was World Kidney Day, she responded to an emotional post from Raisa about the transplant with the message “Thank you for blessing me. I am forever grateful to you.”

Gomez, 28, was reacting to a thread from Raisa in which her friend opened up about the donation for the first time. “If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve kept my kidney donation process pretty private,” Raisa tweeted along with a photo of from the hospital after the surgery. “However, I think I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I feel comfortable and confident in speaking about my experience, and using my platform to raise awareness for the various kidney diseases that affect our population.”

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Raisa, 32, said that while she wasn’t personally affected by kidney disease, “I’ve seen the impacts of it firsthand and want to do my part to help educate others on it. So in honor of World Kidney Day, let’s talk about the impact of kidney disease and how we can work to ensure those living with kidney disease are living well.”

Gomez, who released her first Spanish-language EP, Revelación, on Friday (March 12), said in a December 2020 interview that she’s learned to appreciate her surgery scars. “At the beginning of my recovery, I was a little bit sad. You’re already going through something, and then there’s the added pressure of ‘I don’t look the same. I don’t know if I feel comfortable in my body,” she said.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that scar, and now I look at it in a much different way,” she added. “I feel like I’m more of a warrior.”

Check out the tweets below.

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