Selena Gomez Remembers 'Life-or-Death' Period Following Lupus Diagnosis

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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.

The singer spoke to the crowd about the chronic autoimmune disease she was diagnosed with over five years ago.

She got plenty of attention showing up with her normally dark hair cut and colored; she also got some unwanted attention after Twitter lit up with accusations she had lip synced her performance.

Taking to the stage at Tuesday evening's Lupus Research Alliance's Breaking Through Gala, the "Wolves" hitmaker-who revealed that she was recovering from a secret kidney transplant just two months ago-opened up about her long journey to health and what finally inspired her to seek treatment.

Because of her surgery, Gomez was able to perform Sunday night at the AMAs.

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'I just want to say thank you and I hope we can do something for all of the younger people who need to know what this means'.

"Maybe I wasn't necessarily really good at knowing what that meant so it actually got to a point where it was life-or-death", the singer said, according to E! "That was it and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life". In September, Selena helped raise nearly $500,000 for Lupus research through her appeals to fans via social media, following a kidney transplant. She first shared the story on Instagram in September.

"I was freaking out". "Apparently one of the arteries had flipped".

"My kidneys were just done", Gomez said in an interview with NBC that aired on the "Today" show.

Last night, the 25-year-old singer delivered a heartfelt speech at the Lupus Research Alliance's Breaking Through Gala in New York City wearing a dramatic yellow one-shouldered dress and a pair of embellished yellow and silver sandal heels. "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", she said. "Not everyone is lucky enough to have a donor".

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