12.06.2011

Giuliana Rancic


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I want to take a minute and get deep with you all. Please prepare yourselves accordingly. Ready?

As the above video documents, yesterday Giuliana Rancic made an announcement that she'll be undergoing a double mastectomy. Having experienced my own slew of cancer drama, I just want to say how nice it was to have a relatable, inspiring spokesperson for this sort of thing.

Recently at MD Anderson, the hospital I attend, I witnessed a vast display of quilts - all made in the name creating ovarian cancer awareness. (My particular disease.) While quilts are nice (I guess?), I really had a hard time feeling connected to them. I mean, they're quilts.

It's refreshing to see Giuliana - someone hot, young, relevant, and cool tell her story. We need more spokespeople like her.

I am scheduled to undergo a lumpectomy in February. My doctors don't think I have breast cancer but based on my medical history and relatively young age (Dirty 30!) the doctors want to be ultra, ultra conservative.

I usually opt to be more discreet about this sort of thing. But in the name of Giuliana, I thought I too could share my story.

As far as cancer awareness and spokespeople go, I'm no Ms. Rancic. But I hope that I'm cooler than quilts. If not, I've got much bigger problems on my hands than cancer.

16 comments:

  1. Wow, that is so sad about Giuliana. And for you - I'm glad that they don't think it's cancer but that is still really scary to undergo! Thoughts and prayers for you.

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  2. Makes me feel less alone as I am on the same journey as we speak.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I agree completely! We're not older women--our mother's age--who get cancer, right? Giuliana gets the message out and continually inspires us to be aware, but confident and strong. Awesome.

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  4. I have great respect for Guiliana and yourself for having the courage to share your stories with all of us. Thank You!

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  5. Thank you for being so open about everything. I also agree that it is refreshing to see someone like Guiliana speak out about this and while it is sad and heartbreaking - it is easier to know we are not alone.

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  6. I underwent a lumpectomy when I was 22 years old. And I completely relate to what you're saying. Its nice to have Guiliana and YOU stepping forward and giving us in the "not talked about age range" a voice! Prayers and best wishes for yours!

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  7. My opinion of Giuliana has gone up so much since I learned about her struggles (infertility and cancer) AND watched how she faced them publicly with so much ease and grace. I really think she's been amazing as a public face for these things.

    So I think it's rad that you are open about it, too. There is nothing to be ashamed of, and no reason for it to be a secret, but I'm sure it's still hard to do sometimes.

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  8. It's so sad to see anyone go through this but I have to agree with you about Guiliana being a great spokesperson for this. I hope everything goes well with your surgery and my thoughts and prayers are with you and anyone else that is having to go through this.

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  9. Bravo Megan! Awareness = more people thinking about prevention & that it could happen to them at any age. Awareness also = research dollars for a cure. Giuliana & Megan have chosen to use their "gifts & talents" to help others, educate others, pay it forward with advice to make someone else's journey easier. Like your blog on what to do while in the waiting room for hours! Or the one on what NOT to say. Thank you for sharing and God Bless you & Giuliana.

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  10. It's hard to talk about that life changing moment when a doctor says "you have cancer." I struggle to talk about my melanoma every day. It takes a lot of bravery and totally respect her way more than Seacrest.

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  11. Thanks for all the love people! I wasn't expecting that! =)

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  12. Thanks for sharing! My boyfriend's mom is in her 6th year of battling Ovarian Cancer and it's starting to take it's toll. She's serious about making sure her daughters (me included) do everything they can to help prevent it. J's youngest sister wants a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy because she's so scared. She's 21.

    Thanks for being so open. I agree that Giuliana makes a wonderful spokeswoman!

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  13. Megan, your and Giuliana's strength is inspiring. You're way cooler than quilts.

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