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Giuliana Rancic celebrates 5 years cancer-free — but she isn't finished fighting

In October of 2011, Giuliana Rancic made a stunning announcement on TODAY — at the age of 36, in the midst of fertility treatments, she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Rancic underwent a double mastectomy in December of that year, and now she has another big announcement — she's five years cancer-free

"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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The reality star and "Fashion Police" host shared a photo of herself on Instagram greeting the sunrise on a sandy shore with her arms stretched open wide. She also shared a moving message.

"'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," she wrote. "These words have been my anthem, my inspiration, my comfort and my prayer."

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That five-year mark is an important one for any cancer survivor. While it's no guarantee of remaining cancer-free, as Rancic explained, the odds of the disease returning are "exponentially lower."

Still, she plans to keep on fighting.

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Giuliana Rancic at an event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, earlier this month. The host is celebrating five years cancer-free.

"Breast cancer is more of my history, less of my present, but that doesn't mean I am leaving this battlefield," she continued. "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."

And for herself, she's celebrating.

"I can now declare, with immense gratitude and God's love, that I can feel the sun shining on my face," she wrote. "And I can also say that I'm finally...OK."

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Next year, she and husband Bill Rancic will have another five-year milestone to celebrate. Their son, Duke, who was born via gestational carrier 10 months after her diagnosis, turns 5.

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