Just one month after undergoing a double lumpectomy, Giuliana Rancic is on the mend, optimistic and extolling the virtues of her early breast cancer detection.
"I'm hanging in there," she tells Parade. "I have good days and bad days."
Once a self-proclaimed "nervous wreck" about revealing her health news, the E! host says she's grateful for the outpouring of support she has received.
"I know it sounds so cliché, but I think it helped me recover much quicker, and it got me in better spirits," Rancic, 36, says of the fan feedback. "The word I kept seeing over and over again was 'strong.' 'Be strong. You're strong.'"
"That word never meant so much to me as it has this past month."
Rancic, who discovered malignant tumors in the early stages during a mammogram while undergoing IVF treatments, underwent a two-hour surgery that removed cancer in both breasts as well as lymph nodes that may have been affected.
"Early detection means too much," she says. "I want women everywhere to make sure they're taking care of their health and being proactive."