Just two months after announcing her diagnosis of breast cancer, Giuliana Rancic made another announcement on Monday morning: she will undergo a double mastectomy next week.
Rancic, the 36-year-old E! News host, announced on the Today show in October that was diagnosed with breast cancer following a double lumpectomy. Rancic appeared again on Today on Monday to announce the news in her battle of breast cancer, for which fans have been supportive.
When I went public with my breast cancer diagnosis six weeks ago, the overwhelming outpouring of love, prayers and support really helped me heal faster, Rancic said on Today. I want to make sure to thank everyone and give them an update for being so kind and loving and supportive.
While the love and support of fans were one reason Rancic went public about her decision to undergo the mastectomy, she also wanted to clear up some details of battling breast cancer.
First, I would like to take the stigma away. 'Mastectomy' the word seemed so scary to me at first. After doing research and seeing the advancements, the surgery has come a long way from 20 years ago. The results can be incredible, Rancic said. Not only can it save your life, but you can come out feeling healthier and with a positive self-image.
Rancic also made the announcement as inspiration to others battling cancer.
Second, I want to encourage everyone to be proactive with their health and get checked out, she said.
Rancic said she chose the procedure, which typically involves removal of the breasts either fully or partially, after her first lumpectomy did not remove all of the cancer from her breast.
It was not an easy decision but it was the best decision for me. Rancic said.
She also said, though she is scared for the radical procedure, the results are worth it, as there will be a mere one percent chance her cancer will return after and she can continue to work on having children.
Am I scared? Yes. Scared of the unknown. Scared of the pain, Rancic said. But I'm not scared of what I'll be like. I'll have scars, but I like scars. Scars are beautiful because they tell a story.
I'll be able to say that I survived something major and it's made me stronger. I will be a better woman for it.
Her husband, Bill Rancic and co-star of Giuliana & Bill, was by her side during the interview on Today, just as he has been throughout the ordeal, Rancic said.
Bill's been incredible, says Giuliana. One of my first thoughts I had when I started considering the mastectomy was, 'What am I going to look like?' And then, 'What will my husband think?'
But Bill told me, 'I don't care about the physical results. I just want you around for another 50 years. I need you healthy. I need you as my wife. I need you as a mother to our kids.'
Rancic will undergo the double mastectomy next week and hopes to be healed by New Year's Eve.
I hope for a full recovery by New Year's Eve. We're planning to be in Times Square! she says.
2012 is our year, adds Bill. We're going to ring in the New Year happy and healthy.