Giuliana Rancic is standing strong.
So how is she feeling now?
"I feel great," Giuliana said in a sit-down with Matt Lauer. "I feel great considering it's been only two and a half weeks, but I still have a ways to go as far as recovery."
It's no secret the Giuliana & Bill star has maintained a positive attitude and fighting spirit about her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent decision to undergo a mastectomy, but she was also open about the difficulties she faced following her operation.
And it was no walk in the park.
"It was definitely hard," Giuliana said regarding how she felt immediately after her surgery. "Up until about a week and a half ago it was hell."
Giuliana was on morphine, in extreme pain and sick to her stomach, but with Bill's help, she managed to get out of bed (and set a record while she was at it!).
Giuliana's doctor gave Bill strict orders to help her walk around the bed and the hospital to aid in her recovery following the operation. And although at first Giuliana wasn't exactly thrilled about walking around while in pain, she began to get motivated.
"I asked a nurse what the record was for walking laps around the hospital," Giuliana said.
"It was two," Bill went on. "G did two and a half."
Although Giuliana is out of the hospital now (and already back to work), she still has a few issues with mobility (trouble raising her arms above her head, putting on her seatbelt, etc.) but she's looking forward to moving on with the next phase of her life.
"She wanted to turn a negative into a positive," Bill said. "If you can save one life through this process, it's worth it."
And they're both excited about what the new year will bring.
"When 2012 hits," Bill said, "we are not looking back."
"We need a good year, Matt," Giuliana quipped.
The E! darlings will ring in the new year together in NYC's Times Square on NBC, where they will announce the winner of Nivea's Kiss of a Lifetime Contest.
One deserving couple who also had a difficult year will join the stage with Bill and Giuliana, and share a kiss in front of millions when the clock strikes midnight.
We wish Bill and Giuliana nothing but the best in 2012!