Giuliana Rancic: I'm 'Hanging in There' After Breast Cancer Surgery

11/22/2011 at 01:15 PM EST

Giuliana Ranic Breast Cancer Recovery: I'm 'Hanging in There,' She Says
Giuliana Rancic
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A month after undergoing a double lumpectomy as part of her breast cancer treatment, Giuliana Rancic is optimistic.

"I'm good. I'm hanging in there," she tells "I have good days and bad days."

Once a self-proclaimed "nervous wreck" about revealing her health news, the E! News host says she's grateful for the outpouring of support she has received – support that spanned Tweets, emails and blog posts – since she went public.

"I know it sounds so cliché, but I think it helped me recover 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.' "

She adds: "That word has never meant so much to me as it has this past month."

Rancic – who discovered her tumor in the early stages during a doctor-recommended mammogram while undergoing a third round of in vitro fertilization – underwent a two-hour surgery that removed cancerous growths in both breasts as well as lymph nodes doctors thought may have been affected.

And as her life with husband Bill Rancic plays out on the Style Network's Giuliana and Bill, she hopes those who hear her story will think about their own health.

"Early detection means so much," she says. "I want women to make sure they're taking care of their health and being proactive."

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