GIULIANA RANCIC: BRAVE & BEAUTIFUL
At the recent event for the launch of CureDiva, E! News host and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic spoke about overcoming the toughest challenge of her life with grace and beauty. Read her story below, and share it with anyone who may be going through a similar battle.
“Two years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. There was no history in my family so it came as a shock. I found out about it when I was going through my third round of IVF. My doctor told me to get checked before the IVF just as a precaution and I honestly thought it was a waste of time, as I was only thirty six years old. When I heard the unfortunate news, my whole world turned upside down. I actually had it in both of my breasts – which is rare, it only happens in 5% of cases – so I decided to have a double mastectomy.
After my diagnosis, I would always go on cancer support websites and end up on discussion boards, and find out information that wasn’t necessarily so reliable. It would make me second guess my doctors. It is so hard to find reliable information, and my husband Bill would always tell me that each woman has a different story and situation and I could not trust whatever I read online from people I didn’t know. I am grateful of the launch of CureDiva, which is so easy to navigate, I wish I had it at the time.
It sounds superficial, but I wasn’t feeling pretty. It’s so difficult to look in the mirror and not recognize the face looking back at you. When I went back to work and after doing my makeup (by my makeup artist Catalina Su), hair and wardrobe, I looked at myself and finally felt like, “hey, I am back!” I want women to feel good about themselves, and even though it’s not the most important thing, appearance can help with that.
This is why Fab-U-Wish, which grants wishes for women fighting cancer, was created. By granting women their dreams, we aim to give them back some of their confidence. It’s so difficult to look in the mirror and not recognize the face looking back at you. Personally, when I went back to work and got my makeup done by my makeup artist Catalina Su, I started to feel pretty and like myself again. I felt like, “hey, I am back!” I want women to feel good about themselves, and even though it’s not the most important thing, appearance can help .”
How do you feel about making your battle public knowledge? What do you think aout Angelina’s choice?
“I thought about it, and decided that even though I had the right to keep my fight private, that would be selfish. I have such a large platform and opportunity to help people; I had to do my part and use my voice for the better good. First it was hard and overwhelming, because people knew come to me and talked about it. But it shifted when women started telling me that thanks to me they did their first mammogram and they caught the cancer in early stages. I think that Angelina Jolie, one of the most famous and also most private celebrities, was incredible in sharing her story, she gave a very powerful message. I think to have the platform to help others and choosing not to do it is selfish”.
What is life like post-cancer?
“There are two ways you can live after cancer. The first way is to become much more health conscious – eat right, go to the gym every day, or go the other way. The thing is, I did have the clean diet and went to the gym every day and I still got the disease. I am actually much more relaxed now. I only go to the gym twice a week, I splurge with food every now and then. I realized that life is short, and I want to spend as much time as possible with my husband and my baby.”
Do you constantly worry?
The first year and a half, it was all I thought about. I thought my body would become a playground for disease. Time is truly the best medicine. Slowly tests started coming back in a reassuring way. Life works in crazy ways. You don’t have control, I just pray every day. It really helps. I’m so lucky to have an amazing support system and a fantastic husband. If you know people who are going through this alone, be there for them. It’s so difficult to do it on your own.
Would you try for baby number 2?
I would love it.
What would you do every day during your battle to make yourself feel better?
I love fashion, so I would wear my favorite clothes – a pair of heels, whatever made me feel beautiful. It helped to release my spirit. I love pampering and treating myself. Fab-U-Wish offers massages and things like that… I’m lucky that my husband Bill gives great massages!