The American pop star Selena Gomez said that she was going to take a break in her career for health reasons. The singer, who is struggling with lupus, suffer from depression and panic attacks – so manifest complications of the disease. Selena Gomez?! Lupus?!
According to the singer, “I found that anxiety, panic attacks and depression could be a side effect of lupus, and it brings new challenges. I want to take advance measures and concentrate on my health and mental well-being. The best way to do it – take a little break.”
When the artist is going to go on a sabbatical is not reported until the end of the year she had planned a tour of Europe and South America.
About 1.6 million Americans have lupus, and it strikes mostly women between the ages of 16 and 43.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic disease that can affect any part of the body — typically the joints, skin, kidneys and blood, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. The immune systems of lupus sufferers mainly go haywire, and instead of fighting off bacteria and viruses with antibodies, their bodies create autoantibodies that attack healthy tissue. Symptoms can include weight loss, fever, fatigue, rash, painful joints, hearing loss, abnormal bloating, mouth ulcers, and anemia.
Lupus can come and go — flaring up and then heading into remission.