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Giuliana Rancic: 'I Get Stronger Every Day'
It's been just five weeks since Giuliana Rancic underwent a double mastectomy, and she's already back in action.
In addition to her red carpet duties for E! during the 2012 awards season, the TV personality has traveled to New York City with her husband, Bill Rancic, to host the Glade Expressions Dinner Party.
"It's just nice to be able to go back to work and focus on something different. It's a nice escape for me," she tells Parade.com.
Rancic, 37, shocked fans in October when she revealed that she was in the early stages of battling breast cancer. Her decision to open up about her private struggles has inspired many.
Rancic talked to Parade.com about the support she's received from famous pals and fans alike.
On how she's doing post-surgery.
"I'm good. I can't complain. Life's pretty good and I'm feeling great. I get stronger every day. I'm five weeks out of surgery and I'm really happy where I am today as opposed to where I thought I would be. When I first came out of surgery, I thought, 'Oh, my gosh. Am I ever going to heal from this? This is so awful.' So to think five weeks later this is where I am and I'm really happy is good."
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On Hollywood's response to her breast cancer battle.
"It's been so nice. People on the Golden Globes' red carpet were asking me how I'm doing and it's just very humbling. You think these celebrities are just so busy with their own lives and so obsessed with themselves, but actually there are a lot of them who care and are really good people and really down to earth. It kind of caught me off-guard a little bit because this is their night and they're obviously very nervous because they're nominated, and for them to say, 'Hey, how are you doing? I hope you're OK,' it warmed my heart. It's very sweet."
On the upcoming fifth season of her Style Network reality show Giuliana & Bill.
"We're going to touch on the cancer, but we're really not going to go heavy on it. It's a part of my life and we do a reality show, so it's there, but it happened when we first started shooting the season. There will be a little more of it in episode one, but you won't see much of it in the rest of the season. That's not our focus. Our focus really isn't the breast cancer every day. Bill and I don't think about it as much as we used to. We have so much else going on in our lives that we didn't want to harp on it.
"I just want to put enough out there on the show to educate young women. We all think we've invincible, and if I got diagnosed at 36, it can happen to them. I just wanted to put enough out there to really inspire women to be proactive about their health, but in no means is there going to be a lot of it. Quite frankly, I don't think anybody wants to see it anyway. It's pretty personal. We just didn't want to put too much of it out there."
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On her new appreciation for reality TV stars now that she is one.
"Absolutely. I empathize with them a lot. It's hard being on a reality show, it really is. You're putting your life out there in the public eye, especially when my husband and I do it together and you have families like the Kardashians doing it. You do your interviews separately and suddenly you're watching the show and you're going, 'Oh, you said that about me?' So it can get a little tricky.
"When my husband and I signed on to do the show we made a deal with each other to not make a fake reality show because a lot of these reality shows are so fake. We wanted to do a real reality show and that's what we've done. We've kept it real."
On making a relationship last in Hollywood.
"I think the most important thing is knowing that the fame is fleeting. You can be hot one day and cold as ice the next. But your husband or your wife will always be there for you. You have to remember that. A lot of these people are so hot for a minute and they get a big head and they think, 'People will love me forever so I don't need you,' but that's not true. As soon as you're cold, you'd be amazed at how many people turn their back on you. That's when you really need your partner to be there for you. So you have to preserve that relationship and really nurture it."
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On gearing up for award season.
"It's been crazy! It's funny, I'm a little more worried about what I put on because people will definitely critique me with a harsher eye because I critique people on Fashion Police. But that doesn't drive my decision process. When I put something on, it either feels right or it feels totally wrong. I know what works on me and what doesn't. I've been doing the red carpet for 10 years, so it's not as hard to find the right dress as some people would probably think."
On preshow jitters.
"It's not nerves. I'm excited. I'm still a fan after all these years. I still get star stuck when I see Angelina and George Clooney, but I love it. It's excitement. I love talking to the stars. I like asking them questions that hopefully people at home are thinking. It's an opportunity for me to get some fun information out of people for the fans."
On her love of Hollywood.
"I've been obsessed with pop culture and entertainment since I was a kid. Hollywood was my Disneyland. I've always been enamored with entertainment and celebrities."