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Keeping Up With The Kardashians returned to our screens on Sunday, and the season 17 premiere ended with Kim being informed by her doctor that antibodies associated with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis were found in her blood tests.

The reality star and beauty mogul had originally suspected that she was pregnant due to her symptoms of fatigue and nausea, but a pregnancy test came back as negative.

As she delved further into her symptoms, such as swelling in her hands, she became worried that she had an autoimmune disorder.

"Based on the symptoms, it looks like I have rheumatoid arthritis," Kardashian said. "It's so scary. So I have to go to the doctor and see what’s going on because I can’t live like this."

Her doctor later confirmed her fears. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own tissues, more commonly found in older people.

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs, where the inflammation can affect multiple organs, according to the Mayo Clinic.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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During her appearance on Today, Kim explained she is currently undergoing treatment to deal with the health concern, and also revealed that KUWTK would "talk about it next Sunday." 

"I unfortunately had to be put on medication to stop the symptoms, I tried everything natural for the longest time and we chose the best route for me so luckily right now everything is under control," Kardashian said

Kim has been honest and open in the past when it came to her health struggles, such as dealing with the skin condition psoriasis, as well as her pregnancy complications. 

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Selena Gomez looks healthy and refreshed in the first photos of the star since entering a treatment facility for anxiety and depression in October.

The Wolves singer went on a fun field trip to the snow in Big Bear, California, yesterday.

The star was all smiles on her day out with friends, including her former Wizards of Waverly Place co-star Bailee Madison.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Selena wore a black outfit for her outdoor activities, striking a pose with her friends and looking healthier than ever after snow-tubing.

Gomez entered a treatment facility for anxiety and depression last October following her struggle and ongoing issues with Lupus, a disease which caused her to require a kidney transplant in 2017.

After undergoing a trip to hospital in September, the star appeared under a huge amount of strain. 

A source told E! News that Selena "started to feel super overwhelmed" but just a week after entering the treatment centre she was "already feeling better than she did last week." 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Since leaving her treatment programme in New York, Selena hasn't made many public outings or appearances.

She utilised dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), a form of cognitive-behavioural psychology, while receiving treatment.

The 26-year-old told Vogue in 2017 that  "DBT has completely changed my life," adding,

"I wish more people would talk about therapy. We girls, we're taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who's down. We also need to feel allowed to fall apart."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The former Disney star seems to rely a lot on her friendships for support during times of tough mental and physical health.

During a photoshoot for a campaign, she had her friends join her on set;

"I don't know what I would be without my friends. They've saved my life, they've been there for me through the thick and thin of it all," she said in a video for SGxPUMA.

We're so glad for Selena that she has such loyal friends, and wish her all the best with her health in future.

She's truly inspiring, it can't be easy to discuss mental health under the public eye.

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Nadia Tasher was a pretty normal 23-year-old until she began suffering from some unusual symptoms that led her to over 80 doctor’s appointments in one year.

Nadia's doctors told her she was suffering from a bad case of anxiety, but not convinced, she continued to seek medical help.

She told Cosmopolitan, “They insisted I was suffering from anxiety, and said all my symptoms were as a result of stress and panic attacks.”

The 23-year-old was convinced her condition was not a mental health issue and it turns out she was right.

Nadia was actually suffering from the life threatening condition, lupus.

The disease, which mainly affects females, causes the immune system to attack healthy organs and tissues. It can potentially cause blood clots and even heart attacks, in some cases.

Nadia first noticed that something was wrong four years ago, when an unusual rash appeared on her face. She told Cosmopolitan, “My cheeks were really red as well as the bridge of my nose, and I was getting more rashes across my arms.”

Lupus can cause the immune system to fight against healthy hair follicles and prevent new ones from growing, resulting in hair loss and thinning.

‘’It started off with my hair just feeling like it was getting thinner, but it got to a point where I would brush my hair and clumps would fall out.’’

‘’I always had really thick hair, so it was one of the things that knocked my confidence the most because it was one of the only things I really liked about my body.”

As if the rashes and hair loss weren’t enough to convince a doctor there was something seriously wrong here, Nadia also experienced dramatic weight loss, joint pain and intense fatigue.

However, despite her long list of symptoms, Nadia’s doctors prescribed anti-anxiety medication which she then refused to take.

Fed up, Nadia decided to take things into her own hands and after an extensive Google search she realised her symptoms matched those of the chronic disease.  

She demanded a series of blood tests, and even when all three came back positive, doctors still insisted the 23-year-old did not have lupus.

At her wits end, Nadia decided to see a private specialist consultant and within half an hour of the first meeting she was diagnosed with the disease.

“He could do that in half an hour and I’d been waiting for about four and a half years,” she said. 

 

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Although the diagnosis came as a relief, Nadia now has to learn to live with her symptoms for the rest of her life. 

Determined not to let her condition stop her from living her life, Nadia has stared a blog about managing the condition. You can follow her journey here

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Singer Selena Gomez has announced that she will be taking time away from the spotlight to focus on her health.

The Good For You singer – who is currently travelling with her Revival World Tour – admitted that she has been suffering with depression and anxiety, two conditions which can be side effects of an autoimmune disease called Lupus which the star suffers from.

In a statement which was first published by PEOPLE, Selena said:  “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways.”

 

 

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“I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”

The 24-year-old explained that she now needs to be proactive when it comes to her health and thanked her fans – who are often called ‘Selenators’ – for their support.

She said: “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.”

“Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best.”

 

 

My whole life. You matter most. Thank you for letting me do what I love every day.

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The former Disney star finished by encouraging those suffering from similar issues to get help.

“I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”

It is not yet known when exactly Selena’s career break will begin or whether it will interrupt the remainder of her tour.

 

 

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We hope Selena gets the support she needs. 

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Back in 2013, Selena Gomez was almost constantly pictured on the red carpet or out in LA, usually on the arm of her then-boyfriend Justin Bieber.

But towards the end of that year, the singer dropped out of the spotlight unexpectedly, leading many to claim she was in rehab or simply couldn't take the pressures of fame.

In a new interview with Billboard, Selena has finally set the record straight, and the reality is far more upsetting than any rumour.

The 23-year-old was forced to undergo chemotherapy that year, to fight the auto-immune disease lupus.

"'That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," Selena explains.

Lupus is a potentially fatal disease that causes the body to attack its own healthy tissue, leading to inflammation, joint swelling, fatigue, chest pain and hair loss among other symptoms.

Selena's diagnosis and subsequent treatment meant the singer had to cancel both the Australian and Asian leg of her 2013 world tour.

While some sources at the time claimed the cancellation was for medical reasons, Selena says it was tough reading the false tabloid reports suggesting she had a drug or alcohol addiction.

"I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a**holes,'' she admits.

"I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again."

Emerging after treatement happier and healthier, Selena was again forced to deal with negative press earlier this year, this time for her body shape.

"I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she recalls. 

"That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying."

Five months on, Selena is using that negativity in a constructive way, embracing her body and even posing naked on the cover of her upcoming album, aptly titled Revival.

"The hate motivated me,' she explains.

"This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."

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SHEmazing! TV offers you your daily 90 Second Update rounding up the showbiz news!

Today’s highlights include:

– Kim Kardashian shows Kanye just how much she loves him!

– Brad Pitt gets attacked at Maleficent premiere.

– Selena Gomez has been diagnosed with a life-disabling disease.

– Find out Victoria Beckham’s natural and inexpensive method of keeping young!

– Which great poet admired by A-Listers has passed away?

Watch the video for the full report.

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