Breast cancer diagnosis for Giuliana Rancic. From Google Images.
At 36 years old, Giuliana Rancic had to be dragged “kicking and screaming,” as she put it, in to have a mammogram. Her doctor had recommended it because she was trying to have a baby through in vitro fertilization. As it turns out, the test may have saved her life–it showed Rancic that she was in the early stages of breast cancer.
Rancic said, “It was just a kick in the stomach…That was the hardest day … (the emotions are) what you expect but so much more. It was incredible instant sobbing, and it was like the world just crashed down around me. I couldn’t believe it, 36 years old, no family history.”
The co-host of “E! News” and “Fashion Police” stars with her husband Bill Rancic (the winner of the first season of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice”) in the Style Network reality show “Giuliana and Bill.” The couple was married in 2007 and have publicly struggled with infertility and attempts to conceive through IVF. The last episode (which aired on September 26) showed her waving as she went to get her next round of treatment at a Denver clinic. She learned about the breast cancer diagnosis not long after.
Rancic said that even though it was her third attempt at IVF, it was the first time a doctor had insisted on a mammogram. She elaborated: “He said, ‘I don’t care if you’re 26 or 36, but I will not get you pregnant if possibly there’s a small risk that you have cancer because the hormones will accelerate the cancer…I never in my wildest dreams expected anything would be wrong.”
Rancic’ message to women: “A lot of us think we’re invincible … but we have to start putting ourselves on the to-do list,” she said. “I had a friend call me yesterday, and she said, ‘I’m so sorry, can I do anything for you?’ And I said, ‘Just call your doctor tomorrow and make an appointment. That’s what you could do for me.’ … I will be okay because I found it early.”
Giuliana Rancic was fortunate to find her breast cancer in the early stages, and it is reasonable to expect that all will go well for her. She will need to undergo surgery and radiation treatments. According to Rancic, plans to have a baby have been put on hold for now. “I’m not going to give up. I want that baby…. That baby will have saved my life.”
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