Giuliana RancicIt was just two days ago that E! News host Giuliana Rancic revealed she had breast cancer, and today she underwent a double lumpectomy as part of her breast cancer treatment. The lumpectomy procedure sounds incredibly unfun, to say the least, but it appears to have gone well for her, and now she's hopefully on the road to a speedy and full recovery.
What's really amazing is Rancic plans to return to work next week, despite the lumpectomies and the six weeks of radiation treatments that are scheduled to start soon. This woman is a total frickin' trooper and an inspiration for all women.
I've never had a lumpectomy or radiation treatment because, well, I've also never had breast cancer (thank god and knock wood), but I know it's no walk in the park. Just like infertility treatments are no breeze. However, Giuliana Rancic is fast becoming an incredibly positive role model for both. I don't think I'd be returning to work so quickly after a lumpectomy, but Rancic is planning to get back to work anyway. I don't think I'd have to guts to speak out publicly about my personal health tragedy, especially right in the very emotional middle of it, but Rancic did it anyway -- in hopes of helping other women.
When I'm down and out, I always find strength in people who seem to take the hardest blows in life with grace and spitfire optimism. I've written before about Rancic's bravery and hopeful attitude, and now, even with this horrific new blow of breast cancer news amid infertility treatments, she's maintaining this inspiring point of view.
Most importantly, though, Rancic does not try to pretend her health issues don't suck. We know when she talks that they totally do. She wells up with tears. She doesn't smile or get all Pollyanna and say everything is fine. Instead, she talks about her situation with this message of positivity and hope while also approaching it in a way that feels real and authentic. That is the kind of strength we can all hold onto, and it sort of makes me feel like, "If she can get through these hard times of hers, I can definitely get through mine."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Giuliana Rancic. Here's to a speedy recovery!
Who's your role model when life gets difficult and why?
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