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    Samantha Harris Talks About Her Battle With Breast Cancer, Calls Giuliana Rancic Her "Soul Sister"

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    Samantha Harris is staying strong with a little help from her friends.

    The former Dancing with the Stars host spoke with E! News about how Giuliana Rancic helped her through her difficult breast cancer diagnosis.

    "Giuliana, you're like my soul sister now!" she said. "We talked on the phone with my husband on speaker for about an hour, just sharing her story and commiserating for a little bit.

    Rancic publicly shared her journey with the disease after she was diagnosed in 2011, and continues to raise awareness to help other women, like Harris.

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    "Giuliana and all of the women that I have come to talk to that are survivors have be tremendously supportive and generous and have guided me on this very scary and rocky road," the 40-year-old said.

    The mother of two chose to take control of the illness and schedule a double mastectomy. She urges other women to always listen to their gut instincts.

    "Go, get it checked! Don't take ‘I think it's fine' for an answer! Have a specialist look at it, someone who only looks at breasts every single day," she advised.

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    Of course, the Entertainment Tonight correspondent is most concerned with the well-being of her daughters with husband Michael Hess, and she is determined to remain tough for them.

    "It's going to be a really crappy, rocky road to go through surgery and go through recovery, but I'm strong and I've got two little ones, who are just three and six, who need to see mama be as strong and powerful as I can be. And I will be and I have been, not only for me, but for them."

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