Giuliana Rancic underwent a double mastectomy last year, after doctors found breast cancer in both breasts.
In a new interview with Glamour Magazine, the 37-year-old E! host revealed she’s still the same person she was before.
She admits she’s grateful for her celebrity platform, because she’s able to spread awareness about her illness. Giuliana returned to E! just two weeks after her operation, because she was desperate to get back to normal life.
While she was suffering with cancer, she worried she’d lose her passion for her job, but luckily that’s not what happened. “I’ll be totally honest. While I was recovering, I was thinking, I’m really going to be asking people what they’re wearing? I didn’t know if I could find the joy in it again. But it didn’t take long.”
Recalling going back to work for the first time, she said: “It was like, “Hey, guys, cut the bulls***”. I’m the exact same person I was before. I’m still shallow, I still love clothes, I still want to talk fashion, I still want to gossip, so lay it on me. They were like, “Thank God.””
Even though she put on a brave face, Giuliana admits she definitely struggled to look at herself in the mirror. “At first I didn’t want to look in the mirror, because I felt like, I’m getting better every day and this is about my health, so I shouldn’t get bogged down by what I see in the mirror. I knew I wasn’t going to look like a bikini model, so why look? Why even put the image in my head?”
Her husband Bill, 40, also opened up about how he coped with his wife’s illness, revealing he felt helpless at times.
He said: ‘As a husband and as a man, you wish you could trade places with your wife, but you can’t, and it sucks. I of course had my moments.’
Bill went on: ‘But you know, you’ve got to be strong; I would never break down in front of her. I wasn’t curled up in a fetal position in the shower, but there were moments when it was like, “It’s not fair. Why does she have to go through this?” There was anger.’
Giuliana now says she is grateful to have the platform she does to talk about breast cancer and spread awareness.
She said: ‘We’ve been given this incredible platform, and we think it was for a reason. I truly believe that. When I got my job at E!, I was the thirty-ninth person who auditioned.
‘I wasn’t the prettiest, I wasn’t the smartest, I wasn’t the most talented. And I always wondered why I got the job. Now I think God knew I wouldn’t be a selfish little cow with this platform, and I’d actually try to do something good with it.’
Great interview! I love them together. I don’t watch their show – but they’re pretty cute together.
Posted Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 9:09am
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