Giuliana Rancic: 'I Feel Great' After My Double Mastectomy

Fri, December 30, 2011 9:37am EST by 2 Comments
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In her first interview since getting a double mastectomy, Giuliana opens up about her tough recovery and the road ahead of her.

For the first time since getting a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Dec. 13, Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill Rancic sat down for their first interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, Dec. 30, to discuss her recovery.

“I feel great,” Giuliana, 37, admitted. “I got to be honest, I feel great considering it’s only been 2.5 weeks. I still have a ways to go concerning the recovery.”

The always positive Giuliana went into surgery with the best of attitudes. “She was cracking jokes, she was in pretty good spirits,” Bill said.

“I said, ‘Alright are we having a party?'” Giuliana added.

But the day after the surgery proved be extremely difficult. “It was hard,” Giuliana confessed. “I knew this was going to be a tough surgery. My gosh it was hell. It was horrible until a week and half ago. ”

After the surgery, Giuliana was afraid to throw up. “I went into surgery at 4 p.m. and got out at 9 p.m.,” she recalled. “At 4 a.m., I had to get off of the morphine because I was so sick. [But] the last thing I wanted to do was throw up — you have to engage your chest muscles.”

But Giuliana is a fighter and took her first steps at the exact time the doctor ordered her to. “The doctor said, ‘By 3 you have to have her walking around,'” explained Bill. “As soon as she got up, she was walking around the hallways, around the hospital.”

Still, Giuliana doesn’t have a ton of mobility back yet. “I can’t really turn much to put my seatbelt on,” she said. “Bill helps me get in and out of bed.”

Giuliana also can’t raise her arms over her head and needs help getting dressed.

But Giuliana will be back to herself as soon as possible. “I had a goal to go back [to work] this week,” she said. “It was nice having a goal. It helps you recover quicker.”

- Lindsey DiMattina

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Breast Cancer Survivor

Posted at 5:18 PM on January 16, 2012  

I went through a double mastectomy on Dec 20. It was extremely difficult and I still feel weak and have limited ability to turn and undress. I really connected with Guiliana since we going through similar circumstances at the same time. I never thought Cancer could happen to me. I am 32 and was totally shocked to find out all that I found out. It was a relief seeing her on the today show and that someone else was feeling similar to myself. Sometimes you feel really alone especially when u go to the doctors office and there are all older ladies in the waiting room with you.

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Posted at 11:51 AM on December 30, 2011  

Giuliana and Bill are a remarkable couple. They are a true inspiration to all. I wish them everything good in the new year. These two are the real deal. Love them!

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