Amarillo: E! News anchor encourages by sharing own cancer story

April 17th, 2013

E! News anchor encourages by sharing own cancer story

Posted: April 17, 2013
By Mollie Bryant

E! News co-anchor Giuliana Rancic shared her journey into entertainment journalism and her experience as a breast cancer survivor Wednesday at the annual Power of the Purse luncheon and purse auction.

Rancic described moving as a young girl from Naples, Italy, to Washington, D.C., where she learned English by watching television.

“Of all things, I watched the local news,” she said at Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Ballroom. “They speak in short sentences and in a way all education levels can understand.”

This early interest in broadcast journalism led her to study the craft, and while pursuing her master’s in journalism at American University, a professor recommended she make entertainment journalism her niche.

“We always say, ‘If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life,’ but I’d like to add something to that,” Rancic said. “If you love what you do and you’re doing what you’re good at, what comes naturally to you, you really never work a day in your life, so instead of fighting that and trying to be the best at hard news, … why not try to find what I’m genuinely good at and follow that path?”

That path led Rancic to become an anchor of E! News and a co-star of E!’s Fashion Police, in addition to starring on the reality show “Giuliana and Bill” with her husband. But several years ago, Rancic received the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“All I remember was darkness falling, and I felt like I was falling through darkness, and my life was spinning,” she said. “Everything was spinning, and I couldn’t believe it.”

But Rancic decided to use her experience as a platform to raise awareness of the importance of getting mammograms.

“Everything started shifting for me,” she said. “The next thing I knew, I started coming out of the sadness, the darkness and the anger, and suddenly my life had a different purpose that it had never had before, and I started to take this negative and turn it into a positive.”

Now, Rancic emphasizes the importance of helping others.

“When you start doing that and you start giving back and you make your life not just about yourself, you make it about helping others as well, suddenly your life is even grander, and all the gifts start coming back to you, as well,” she said.

The Power of the Purse luncheon, hosted by Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, raised about $130,000 for SimCentral, said Power of the Purse co-chairs Kathy Brown and Kelly Roberts.

SimCentral, a medical training simulation effort shared by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of Amarillo, West Texas A&M University and Amarillo College, is expected to expand with a groundbreaking on a building this year, said Maegan Arnold-Seymour, marketing specialist with Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

“It’s a great program for students and even practicing professionals,” she said. “Some bigger cities have these, and we’re honored to have it.”

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