Giuliana Rancic recently announced that she has breast cancer and will be undergoing surgery this week. Giuliana works for E! Entertainment and revealed that she discovered a tumor in her breast while she was undergoing in-vitro fertilization. Giuliana, 37, stated, “It’s been a shock. I wasn’t prepared to get a mammogram until I was 40-years old like I’d been told. I never in my wildest dreams expected anything to be wrong.”
Thankfully, Giuliana’s cancer was caught in the early stages, which can allow treatment to be more effective. Giuliana has no family history of breast cancer and has a healthy body weight. She still wants to have the baby that she and her husband Bill were trying for when the cancer was detected. Giuliana views the attempt to have a baby as saving her life. “I still want this baby, because this baby has saved my life. I truly feel God was looking out after me. If I had gotten pregnant later down the line, I could have been a lot sicker,” she said.
Giuliana’s announcement comes during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which can serve as another reminder to get screened and to exercise. Those who have had surgery for breast cancer similar to what Giuliana will be experiencing can aid their recovery by lifting weights. In a study done by the University of Pennsylvania, scientists found that a carefully structured weight training program can reduce the chances of arm swelling and lymphedema.
This doesn’t mean that you should start pumping iron upon leaving the hospital after your surgery though. If you are working towards recovery from breast cancer, you will want to take the advice of your doctor when incorporating weight lifting into your routine. Start slowly and work with a personal trainer, if possible, so that you can learn the proper techniques and introduce them gradually.
As Giuliana goes through surgery and the recovery process, she can help inspire other women that are going through the same thing. Her public battle with breast cancer, and her optimistic attitude towards having her first baby can help other women see their diagnosis is not the end.
Via fit Perez
October 20th, 2011