Life After Hell

“Giuliana Rancic appeared on the “Today Show” Friday morning to talk about her progress post double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. The E! News host, who returned to work earlier this week just two weeks after her surgery, had displayed a transparency and openness about the process that touched many who followed the story, but told Matt Lauer that it hadn’t been easy.

“I feel great considering it’s been two and a half weeks, but I still have a ways to go as far as recovery,” said Rancic, who appeared on the show with husband Bill.

“It was definitely hard. Up until about a week and a half ago, it was hell.”

Rancic described the physical difficulties she still faced — including fastening her seat belt and raising her arms above her head — but insisted for the most part that returning to work was with the doctor’s blessing. Rancic also said she had opted to stop taking morphine for the pain because it had made her ill.

“She wanted to turn a negative into a positive. If you can save one life through this process, it’s worth it,” Bill said.

The 36-year-old first appeared on the “Today Show” in October to reveal the news that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the midst of one of her fertility treatment sessions, which had been well-documented on the Style Network show “Giuliana & Bill.”

Yes, surgery is no picnic…nor any other possible treatments depending upon the invasive nature of this beast.  In this case, it is not an enjoyable ‘journey’… the destination – healing after – is the goal.  I only had one or two moments of ‘hell’.. relatively speaking, you get through it and to the other side.

It is amazing to feel ‘lucky’ after going through this, but I do.  And although I am still dealing with after-effects of both medication and scar tissue, and trying to manage both, I have been mountain biking and kayaking and planning ahead…something that was also put on hold.  And it is only a short visit to hell…with hopefully, no return.

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