Giuliana Rancic recovering from double mastectomy, reconstruction
Giuliana Rancic has had her double mastectomy and is "doing really well," according to husband Bill Rancic, who was lucky enough to help pick out the new look that will come with his wife's reconstructive surgery.
Giuliana, 36, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October after a mammogram ordered as part of in vitro fertilization therapy revealed cancer cells in both breasts, a circumstance she recently told Wendy Williams happens in less than 5% of cases. This week's surgery became necessary after a double lumpectomy failed to nab all the cancerous cells and she was unwilling to live with the risks that would come with another lumpectomy and chemo.
Though Bill noted to Williams that his wife's scars would be "a badge of courage," he went on to explain that the procedure was not the disfiguring experience of years past. Plus he got to have a little fun related to the reconstructive surgery she had done with the mastectomies.
"Bill helped pick 'em out and everything," she said, smiling. "So I'm, like, Bill, that big?"
Though he might not have been a breast man before, he said that, "given the option, go big or go home, right?"
Jokes aside, Giuliana told Us Weekly that she was a little afraid of the unknown. "I've never been through anything like this. I'm scared of waking up and the pain. I do hear it's a painful recovery, so I worry about that."
Bill told Us they were looking forward to starting 2012 with a clean slate. "Once the clock strikes midnight," he said, "we're taking the rear view mirror off the car and we're not looking back, because we're going to be done"
Giuliana underwent the four-hour surgery on Tuesday night, according to E!, which employs the TV host and noted, "Just get well soon, G. The office isn't the same without you."
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: On "The Wendy Williams Show," Giuliana Rancic reacts to husband Bill Rancic's delight over his participation in picking out the implants that were used in her reconstructive breast surgery. Credit: Rahav Segev / "The Wendy Williams Show."