Last night E! News host Giuliana Rancic sat down with fellow breast cancer survivors, Good Morning America’s Amy Robach and TV personality Samantha Harris, for a special edition of Beyond Candid With Giuliana: Hope, Strength & Courage.
Rancic, who founded the Fab-U-Wish charity to help women feel their best as they cope with battling cancer spoke with E! News before the show to encourage other women to take care of their health. “We’ve done some great Beyond Candids…but it’s really nice to be able to use the show to not just report on celebrities and fashion and beauty, but also to be able to report on something that has a lot of takeaway in terms of your health…If Giuliana can get breast cancer, if Samantha Harris can get it, if Amy [Robach] can get it, I can get it, too. What can I do to make sure that I’m staying on top of my health?”
Rancic credits her son Duke with saving her life as she was undergoing IVF treatments when she was diagnosed.
The E! News personality was just 36-years-old when she found out she had breast cancer. She learned about the diagnosis through a mammogram she had at her doctor’s request before undergoing her third round of in vitro fertilization treatment. Following the news in 2011, she had a double lumpectomy as part of her breast cancer treatment, but later decided to undergo a double mastectomy. If it wasn’t for her strong desire to have a baby she may not have discovered the cancer when she did.
As Rancic shared the stage with Robach and Harris she expressed gratitude for being able to shed light on her struggles with the fellow moms and breast cancer survivors. “One of the things we have in common is that we realize how lucky we are to have this incredible platform to be able to reach so many people to share our story and help other women,” she said. “We don’t take that lightly and I thank them for being on this journey.”
Hopefully the 40-year-old’s words of hope will encourage and inspire other women battling health issues. Rancic also gave some advice for women struggling with their physical appearance while fighting cancer. “It’s hard,” she admitted. “For me, when I went back to work, it wasn’t about being pretty again…it was about looking in the mirror and recognizing myself again. The hair, the makeup, the outfit helped me do that. I was able to remember and see the girl I was before cancer. I think that’s what really important.”