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Giuliana Rancic plans family's future, keeps her sense of humor

December 12, 2011 |  3:07 pm

Giuliana Rancic is in good spirits battling breast cancer

As Giuliana Rancic and husband Bill bid goodbye to 2011, the TV host and reality star is a lot more enthusiastic than one might expect, given that she's about to undergo a double mastectomy. 

She and Bill are already considering their family-planning goals, taking a lot more time to smell the roses and even making a few jokes along the way.

"Every woman recovers differently," Giuliana Rancic told the Ministry last week. Her healing period, she said, will unfold as she undergoes the procedure and gets right back to work in January hosting red carpets for award season.

"Some start trying for kids after two months, some wait a year, but Bill and I will let my body and our hearts decide when to start trying again," she said regarding in vitro fertilization.

A mammogram ordering as part of an earlier round of IVF revealed her breast cancer, which led to a double lumpectomy. After that operation failed to eradicate cancerous cells, Rancic announced she'd in fact have the double mastectomy. 

One coping mechanism the couple have found is partnering with Nivea for a New Year's Eve contest "Kiss of a Lifetime," where Giuliana and Bill search for America's most deserving couple. The winning pair will join the Rancics in Times Square on Dec. 31 for Nivea's kiss-platform telecast, nabbing complimentary accommodations, party passes and an appearance on "The Wendy Williams Show." (For more on Bill and Giuliana's "Kiss of a Lifetime" and to vote for the winning couple, click here.)

So who are couples that Giuliana and Bill look up to in real life, especially in trying times? "Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries," she cracked.  

"Giuliana's parents have been together for 50 years," Bill Rancic said, "and my parents were together until ... [my father] passed, so there's plenty of examples in our own immediate families."

While work and expanding their brood will take focus in her recovery, Bill says this experience has taught him the value of their time together.

"It's cliche, but we need to take time and smell the roses. Travel is a big priority for us," Bill said, with their wish list including South Africa, an Alaskan cruise and perhaps a return to Capri. 


Giuliana Rancic will have a double mastectomy

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Giuliana Rancic doing well after double lumpectomy, husband says

— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic in New York on Oct. 13. Credit: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images.