Giuliana told Ann Curry about the next phase of her breast cancer treatment.
Giuliana and her husband Bill Rancic talked about the decision for this treatment. Bill helped Giuliana make a list of the pros and cons. ”In the end, Bill said to me, ‘I just need you around for the next 50 years,’” Giuliana revealed.
At first, Giuliana didn’t want to consider a mastectomy. “To me, the word was very scary,” she admitted. “It meant I would be disfigured.”
But then a good friend who had undergone a mastectomy herself showed Giuliana what her breasts looked like after the surgery and reconstruction. “When I saw it, I thought, ‘OK, she looks beautiful,’” Giuliana recalled. “That helped me more than anything — to see another woman the same age as me who had been through it.”
Giuliana decided that a double mastectomy was the best decision for her because she would have “less than a one percent chance of getting [the cancer] back.” Her other option was a double lumpectomy with radiation, but that option had a 20-40 percent chance of the cancer reoccurring.
“I couldn’t be at more peace with the decision,” said Giuliana. “[Some nights] it’s easy to just start crying, but I’m Ok.”
Bill agreed that they made the best choice. “I’m focused on the finish line,” he shared. “Our goal is to be done by Christmas time and don’t look back.”
Hours after they made their announcement, both Bill and Giuliana tweeted their appreciation for fan support.
“Thank you for the outpouring of prayers for Giuliana!” Bill wrote.
“Yes…Thank u all!” Giuliana added.
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