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Giuliana Rancic celebrates five years cancer-free

"For me, this week marks a new beginning," the television personality said.

By Annie Martin
Giuliana Rancic at the Academy Awards on February 28. The television personality was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Giuliana Rancic is celebrating her fifth year of being cancer-free.

The 42-year-old television personality marked the anniversary by sharing an emotional post Sunday on Instagram.

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"'Everything will be OK in the end. If it's not OK, it's not the end,'" Rancic wrote. "Ever since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, this quote has been my mantra. These words have been my anthem, my inspiration, my comfort and my prayer."

"Now that I've reached this critical milestone, the odds of the breast cancer coming back are not gone but exponentially lower," she revealed. "Breast cancer is more of my history, less of my present, but that doesn't mean I am leaving this battlefield."

"For me, this week marks a new beginning. I breathe a sigh of relief as I come to the end of this five-year marathon and cross the most significant finish line of my life so far. I can now declare, with immense gratitude and God's love, that I can feel the sun shining on my face. And I can also say that I'm finally...OK," the star said.

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"Everything will be OK in the end. If it's not OK, it's not the end." Ever since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, this quote has been my mantra. These words have been my anthem, my inspiration, my comfort and my prayer. They gave me hope that the emotional and physical struggles that had suddenly consumed my life were NOT my life forever. That this was temporary, and I would pass through this storm and feel the sun on the other side. That I would one day feel like "me’ again and be OK. This week, these words are especially meaningful as I celebrate an important milestone – the one I have prayed for every night for one thousand, eight hundred and twenty-seven nights: Five years cancer-free. Now that I’ve reached this critical milestone, the odds of the breast cancer coming back are not gone but exponentially lower. Breast cancer is more of my history, less of my present, but that doesn't mean I am leaving this battlefield. Through my journey, I have met those who, it breaks my heart to say, did not reach this milestone. This past year alone, more than 40,000 people died of breast cancer, while another 300,000 received the devastating diagnosis and began their own journeys through the storm. And I pray for them all. To those we have lost, I will keep your spirit alive by continuing your fight. And for those who are fighting now, I will pray for you and hope that the same words that helped pull me through the darkest hours will give you some comfort, too. That you will have faith that everything will be OK in the end. For me, this week marks a new beginning. I breathe a sigh of relief as I come to the end of this five-year marathon and cross the most significant finish line of my life so far. I can now declare, with immense gratitude and God's love, that I can feel the sun shining on my face. And I can also say that I'm finally...OK.

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Rancic had revealed on the Today show in 2011 that she was diagnosed with breast cancer after having a mammogram prior to her third round of in-vitro fertilization treatments. She underwent a double mastectomy the same year.

"I was very fortunate. Because I've gone public with the breast cancer, I hear a lot of stories and some are not as great as others. Whether it's resulting in complications from surgery...whatever the case. I hear it all. And I realize how fortunate I am," the star told CBS News in 2013.

Rancic and husband Bill Rancic welcomed son Edward via surrogate 10 months after the star announced her diagnosis. Rancic is known for hosting E! News from 2005 to 2015, and presently hosts the E! series Fashion Police.

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