Spry: Most women don’t have their first mammogram until they’re 40. But you had one as a precaution before your third attempt at in vitro—and found cancer. How did you handle the news?
Giuliana: It was like a kick in the stomach. I was only 36 with no family history of breast cancer. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
Spry: What inspired you to be strong during your treatment?
Giuliana: It was definitely difficult at first, but I picked myself up and made it my mission to spread awareness. Knowing that I can help other women keeps me optimistic. And I’ve always loved the quote: “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.”
Spry: Do you worry about the chances of recurrence, especially as you’re starting a family?
Giuliana: Of course, recurrence is
a scary thought. But I am focusing on the present, and continuing to stay positive and thankful.
Spry: What have you learned about breast cancer that you’d like to share with others?
Giuliana: I used to think that breast cancer was a death sentence, but now I know that finding it early means you have a very high rate of survival—even more of a reason to be proactive about your health and do self-exams often.
Spry: What excites you most about becoming a new mom?
Giuliana: We have so many “firsts” to look forward to, and I can’t wait to savor every moment!
Spry: You and Bill are planning to bank your baby’s cord blood through the Cord Blood Registry. What led to this decision?
Giuliana: I was first introduced to the notion of cord blood registry when my sister put me in charge of banking her daughters’ blood 11 years ago. She used CBR too. When it was time to plan go our own delivery, Bill and I did not think twice about banking our own baby’s blood in case we will one day need it in the future.