Giuliana Rancic: Double Mastectomy Recovery "Was Hell"

Celebrity News Dec. 30, 2011 AT 2:36PM
Giuliana Rancic: Double Mastectomy Recovery "Was Hell" Credit: Allen Berezovsky/WireImage

Two-and-a-half weeks after undergoing a double mastectomy, Giuliana Rancic admits she's gone to hell and back during her recovery process.

Speaking to Matt Lauer on Friday's Today Show along with her husband, Bill, Giuliana, 37, says she's now "feeling great," but it took a long while to get there.

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"I knew this was going to be a tough surgery but I in no way want to minimize it. Yes, I'm two-and-a-half weeks out, but up until a week-and-a-half ago it was hell. It was horrible," she admitted to Lauer.

In decidedly good spirits when she was wheeled into the operating room December 13, Rancic says she jokingly told surgeons she was ready to "party."

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After the procedure, Rancic used morphine to manage her pain, but found that the medication made her sick.

"I went into surgery at 4 p.m. and got out around 9:30 p.m. and by 4 a.m., I had to get off the morphine because I was so sick and I thought to myself, '[if I threw up] you have to engage all of your chest muscles and I just had my chest operated on.'"

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As she continues to recover, the E! News hostess relies heavily on the support of her husband of four years.

"I can't really turn much to put my seatbelt, he has to help me get in and out of bed, get dressed…it's a lot of limited mobility and pain," Rancic reasoned Friday.

But as the couple prepare to ring in New Year's Eve in New York City's Times Square with NIVEA, the Rancics look forward to 2012 and a new beginning.

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"As soon as 2012 comes in," says Bill, "we're not looking back."

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