When E! News host Giuliana Rancic announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, many of us were seriously dumbfounded by the news. This poor woman! Given her struggles with infertility and all the attention that's been paid to her weight, it seemed like she had already been through enough already!
But after having gone through a double lumpectomy as part of her breast cancer treatment last month, it turns out she's in really high spirits. She says she has "good days and bad days," but she's "hanging in there," and she credits her fans for that. She says she's grateful they've continued to tell her through blogs, tweets, and emails, "'Be strong. You're strong.'" I could see why that would make an amazing difference. In fact, it seems her entire experience -- from announcing the diagnosis to recovering from her surgery -- has ironically done a very positive number on Giuliana.
See, back when she was about to reveal her health news, she described herself as a complete "nervous wreck." Who wouldn't be, right? But now ... it sounds like she's in a much more serene, que sera sera, mellow place. It looks like cancer, surgery, and the ensuing outpouring positive reinforcement, support, and love from everyone in her life has really chilled her out and helped her realize ... she doesn't have to go it alone! She's got what it takes to tough it out through this battle! So awesome.
What's going on with Giuliana just goes to show the scariest health challenge you've ever had to face sometimes has a way of totally making over your perspective on life, your attitude, and your state of mind. You end up realizing you only have control over so much, and by focusing on those things you can control, you free up a lot of that stress and nervousness that can be really exhausting and counterproductive to healing and maintaining your health! And you actually end up better off in the long-run.
Giuliana is living proof that whatever doesn't kill us really does make us stronger.
Do you agree that a scary health challenge can actually be a blessing in disguise and change you for the better? Has it ever happened to you?
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