by Caitlyn Stace
In the Spotlight: Battling Breast Cancer
Giuliana Rancic has breast cancer according to the buzz that aired on the Today Show Monday morning. Already struggling with her own fertility (trying IVF treatments for the third time), this puts a sad, new twist in her journey to parenthood.
During her scheduled visit to the Today Show, on Monday, October 17, 2011, Giuliana shared to host Ann Curry that she had a different announcement to make, "Through my attempt to get pregnant for the third time through IVF, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer. It’s been a shock." She'll be putting off the baby plans for now and cites how her diagnosis came to be, "a pretty amazing story." (See video below for more...)
According to Giuliana, "When we went to do the third round of IVF this doctor — the only doctor who's ever said this to me — said you need a mammogram. And I said, 'Why?' I'm 36 years old … I'm too young.' He told me, 'I don’t care if you're 26 or 36, but I will not get you pregnant. If possibly there’s a small risk you do have cancer, the hormones will accelerate the cancer."
Going through a mammogram is not always the most enjoyable experience for most women. After she agreed to go, she said, "They called the next day and said we need you to come back in. It was just a kick in the stomach." Her doctor "quickly" delivered the news and she recalled, "It is what you expect and so much more. It was incredible instant sobbing and the world just crashed around me. I just couldn’t believe it."
While Giuliana's not unusual in what she's going through, she's a high-profile woman whose message will be heard because of her celebrity status. On the show she urged all women to "...start putting themselves on the to-do list."
She continues to be upbeat and positive in light of her situation. She mentions, "I'm not going to give up on trying to have a baby. Now I truly believe God was looking out for me. Had I gotten pregnant, a few years down the line I could have gotten sicker. So the baby saved my life."
The big takeaway from this? Are you taking care of yourself? Are you making your health a number one priority? We wish Giuliana best wishes for her battle with breast cancer, especially during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Do you have friends or know women going through this same situation? Share your story in the comments!
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