'Giuliana & Bill' Recap: Giuliana Learns She Has Breast Cancer

Wed, April 4, 2012 12:40am EST by 9 Comments
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In the emotional season five premiere, Giuliana finds out she has breast cancer, and breaks the devastating news to her family and the public — with Bill by her side every step of the way.

When we last left Giuliana Rancic and hubby Bill Rancic at the end of season four of Giuliana & Bill, their adventure-filled “year of fun” was winding down, and they were getting serious about starting yet another round of in vitro fertilization. But in the season five premiere, the couple gets hit with a shocking new hurdle they never expected in their journey to becoming parents.

At the start of the April 3 episode, Giuliana and Bill see a new doctor who encourages Giuliana to get a routine mammogram, just as a precaution. She undergoes the routine test even though, at 36, she’s still years away from the age doctors typically recommend women get one for the first time. And then, the worst happens — Giuliana’s doctor tells her she has cancer.

Both Giuliana and Bill share the news with only their parents, and throw themselves into work, which they both say is a welcome distraction at such a difficult time. Giuliana manages to keep a smile on her face while reporting from New York fashion week and then the Emmy’s back-to-back, while Bill carries on with business plans for their new Chicago restaurant. They even sneak in a romantic carriage ride in New York City — complete with champagne! — to try and keep things light.

In a particularly hard-to-watch moment, Giuliana doesn’t realize until it’s too late that her strapless red gown for the Emmy’s doesn’t fit right in the bust and she keeps having to pull it up while interviewing actors on the red carpet. That minor wardrobe malfunction, which would otherwise not have been a big deal, becomes the moment when Giuliana says she was “angry” at her body and felt bad about it for the first time in her life.

On the heels of that emotional ordeal, Giuliana refuses to cancel her scheduled appearance on the Today show, and goes the morning show to reveal the breast cancer secret she and Bill had kept to themselves for months.

“I wanted to tell women that even if something like this happens to you, you can still be strong,” she says. “If you find it early, you’ll be okay.”

Bill is right there with Giuliana through her first surgery — a double lymphectomy — and even makes her laugh in the hospital room. The very next week, she returns to work at E! News.

Through it all, Giuliana handles opening up about her struggle with such grace, and Bill remains always positive and upbeat.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you admire Giuliana’s bravery after finding out she has breast cancer?

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Posted at 6:36 AM on April 25, 2012  

hi there
would just like to congratulate you both.I have watched your show from the begining and i just love you guys.Cannot wait to see the little one.
god bless

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Posted at 8:37 AM on April 22, 2012  

hi G&B, i am fan of urs. i knw u get thru this, be strong. i luv u guyz.

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Posted at 11:45 AM on April 14, 2012  

Hi there G and B,I would like to carry your baby for you,I have three beautiful babies,and I will be happy to give you a bundle of joy.

Lorraine from south africa

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Posted at 3:19 PM on April 13, 2012  

This woman is SOOOO strong fight after fight she’s still standing up such a good example to women arround the world who also are facing hard times. I said thank you for being so strong and Bill is a strongwall. U 2 be blessed esther from Belgium

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Posted at 5:16 AM on April 12, 2012  

hi. Am watching from brisbane australia. Just wanted to say that your love for each other will get you both through these sad and devestating times. My prayers are with you both. Oh yes, you can adopt me! I am 51. Ha.

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Posted at 12:19 AM on April 6, 2012  


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Posted at 6:26 PM on April 5, 2012  

I am so proud of her. I just started watch the show 1day ago and I love it.

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Posted at 10:08 AM on April 5, 2012  

She broke my heart in this episode such a strong funny lady her strength makes her beautiful.

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