October 1, 2012
By Erin Hill
Giuliana Rancic, 37, shocked fans last October when she revealed that she was in the early stages of battling breast cancer. The E! News anchor learned of her diagnosis while going through the preparation for IVF treatment in August 2011. She and husband Bill Rancic have documented their fertility struggles on their reality series, Giuliana & Bill, which returns for its fifth season on Oct. 2.
Her decision to open up about her private struggles inspired many, and now, just one year later, Rancic is not only cancer free, but she and her husband welcomed their first child, Edward Duke, via gestational surrogate on August 29.
Rancic talked to PARADE about continuing the fight against breast cancer, enjoying motherhood, and partnering with P&G for the “Do It for the Girls” campaign for October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
On P&G’s “Do It For the Girls” campaign.
“I wanted to be a part of it because it centers on early detection. If you find breast cancer early, you’ll have a 98% five-year survival rate, and that’s major. I found my breast cancer early, and that’s the key. Had I not been so proactive about my health, we’d probably be having a very different conversation right now, maybe no conversation, so I’m just urging women everywhere to do it for the girls. Between now and the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month, just feel around and if you feel anything funny, let your doctor know. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. I had no family history, and I was 36.”
On her 2011 diagnosis.
“I remember getting diagnosed last September, and it’s fair to say that it was the worst day of my life, yet three weeks ago, I had the best day of my life, seeing my baby boy come into the world. That was truly the best day of my life. It just really teaches you so much about how resilient we are, and how strong we are. If you just stay positive, if you can just believe that there is a reason bad things are happening, some good can come out of it and you try to do good with what’s happening to you. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel.”
“It’s awesome. I knew it was going to be great, especially because we worked so hard at having a baby and we wanted a baby so bad, but it’s even better than I expected. He’s really opening his eyes now, and when he opens his eyes and stares at you for ten minutes at a time while you’re feeding him, you just realize why there’s that mother-son bond and I say to myself: ‘How am I ever going to say no to this kid!’ He’s got me. It’s everything I had hoped for and more.”
On the most surprising thing about motherhood so far.
“I love my sleep. I feel very strongly about getting eight hours of sleep a night. I think that it keeps you healthy and sane, but I wondered how people function when they have to get up at all hours of the night. But you just do it. You function because you enjoy doing it. I think the biggest surprise is probably enjoying those overnight feedings. I love them and look forward to them because I get to spend time with the baby.”
On balancing work and baby.
“I see why so many moms get conflicted. Can you have your career and also feel like you’re there for your child? I’m trying to figure that all out. I can see how mothers are conflicted now. I definitely emphasize more a working mom than I ever did before, and I understand stay-at-home moms more than I ever did before because there is such a part of you that just wants to stay at home with the baby and raise kids, but you’re conflicted because you love you’re career. It’s tough and something you have to think about.”