Giuliana Rancic Describes the Moment She Found Out About Cancer

April 4, 2012 By:
Giuliana Rancic Describes the Moment She Found Out About Cancer

On Tuesday’s season premiere of ‘Giuliana & Bill,’ Giuliana Rancic opened up about the devastating moment she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"The second I heard the 'cancer,' I just remember my head went down, the ground went away and I just dropped through the earth, and I was just dropping, falling," Giuliana revealed.

And telling the story wasn’t easy, either. Rancic broke down in tears during the show.

"It's not easy talking about it because it's like the worst second of your life. It's just awful," she says. "Everything you expect that conversation is going to be like – it's a hundred times worse, maybe a million times worse, because those are the words you never want to hear."

And to make things worse, when she found out, her husband Bill wasn’t even home. Bill was away on a charity mission for Operation Smile. Giuliana had to tell him over the phone.

“Bill was just heartbroken. He couldn’t believe it.”

Bill said on the show that he felt “helpless” and “a million miles away.”
"As a husband you never want to see your wife suffer," he says. "You never want to see your wife go through pain. Our job is making everything okay."

The show chronicles Giuliana’s trip to New York Fashion Week for work, while she kept the diagnosis a secret. Then came the Emmys.

"It was hard putting a smile on my face. At the same time I was excited to do interviews so when I was in the moment doing those things it was a great distraction. It was fun," she says. "But then the second I would walk away – boom, I was miserable again."