Since announcing she has breast cancer last fall, Giuliana Rancic has been outspoken about her fight against the disease and her decision to undergo a double mastectomy in December. Now, the "E! News" personality is opening up to Michigan Avenue magazine about her recovery.
"People come up and they have sadness in their eyes, and I think, at a time when everyone's looking at me with pity, I look at myself as lucky," she told the Chicago-based glossy, via RadarOnline.com. "I think I just dodged the biggest bullet of my life."
Rancic, who also stars on the reality show "Giuliana & Bill" with her husband, Bill Rancic, says since she announced her breast cancer diagnosis on the "Today" show in October, she's been amazed at the amount of support she's received from people around the world.
"I think because breast cancer touches so many people, when someone hears you have it, they just shower you with love," she said. "The one word I always saw in all the messages was strong. You're so strong, stay strong, be strong -- when you hear something enough, you start believing it."
Rancic also talked about her decision to have a double mastectomy while at a Television Critics Association press event in earlier this month.
"I don't give two sh**s about my breasts. I didn't care that at the Golden Globes, I wouldn't be able to show cleavage, " Rancic said, adding that many people were surprised by her decision to have the surgery. "They said, 'Are you sure you want to do this? Think about the life you lead and the fabulous dresses and that's part of your job. It could put your job in jeopardy.' And I thought, if I ever have a job that is defined by my breasts and some gorgeous gown then I'm in the wrong business."
For a behind-the-scenes look at Rancic's February 2012 cover shoot, head over to Michigan Avenue.
Check out photos of Giuliana and Bill Rancic below: