For those of you who know me personally, you know I have a small obsession with the reality TV show Giuliana & Bill on the Style Network. Yes, I made sure my husband upgraded our cable package just so I could have this channel. To clue you in, they lived a few houses down from where I worked while living in Chicago. I would peek out the window every so often looking for a black Range Rover to pass by. Gosh, now that I say it, it makes me sound a bit like a stalker. Eeek! I promise you, it never got creepy.
Anyway, I’ve been a fan of theirs for a few years now and if you’ve followed the show like I have, you’ve seen them go through some very high highs and some very low lows. Here’s a quick recap for those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about. Bill Rancic – the winner of the very first Apprentice with Donald Trump and Giuliana DePandi Rancic – the host of E! News with Ryan Seacrest. Sure, they’re not A-List celebrities and whether you love them or hate them, their story is something most of us can relate to. They met a few years back while Giuliana was interviewing Bill, had a fairytale wedding in Italy and planned to start a family. They tried to get pregnant for years without any success, which finally lead them to IVF. After a failed round they found out they were pregnant only to miscarry at 8 weeks. After much heartache and more unsuccessful rounds of IVF they flew to Denver for treatment by a world-renowned doctor. That doctor required Giuliana get a mammogram before becoming pregnant. Much to her dismay, she went to get that mammogram and at 36-years-old Giuliana Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s where this season’s story begins. It’s heart-wrenching and raw, but something we all need to see. Her decision to share this information with the world is in hopes she can change one woman’s life. Just like Giuliana thought, it won’t happen to us. Well, it did and it can.
Here is a clip from the season premier where Giuliana and Bill discuss her diagnosis:
Giuliana has teamed up with the Style Network to create Fight with Style to bring even more awareness to breast cancer. Click here to go to the website and sign up for your monthly Underwire Alert to remind you to do your monthly self-exam.
This turned into a much heavier post than I had intended, but I figured this is another great reminder for us all. And don’t worry, the whole Giuliana and Bill series isn’t this depressing. If you’ve got the Style Network set your DVR, you’ll thank me.