TODAY | April 23, 2012
>>> back now at 8:08 with a big announcement from giuliana and bill rancic . they have been through some very open about their dramatic events in their lives, including the dual challenges of infertility and breast cancer . they're talking exclusively in just a moment. but first, their story. for years she's been a familiar face to fans who followed her on television as a co-anchor on e! news.
>> they say their biggest secrets for us.
>> reporter: in gracing the red carpets for major hollywood events.
>> how are you?
>> reporter: giuliana rancic 's infectious smile captured the attention of another well-known celebrity, season one winner of the apprentice, bill rancic .
>> bill, you're hired.
>> reporter: the two were married and have chronicled their lives together in the style network reality show " giuliana & bill."
>> how you feeling?
>> reporter: on the show the couple shared their struggle to have a family, while undergoing fertility treatments giuliana learned something stunning about her health, something she revealed on "today" last october.
>> i have early stages of breast cancer .
>> reporter: giuliana underwent a lumpectomy but a short time later in december came the news that more treatment was needed.
>> i'm going to go ahead and move forward with a double mastectomy. all it came down to was just choosing to live and not looking over my shoulder.
>> reporter: just a few weeks after undergoing a double mastectomy, giuliana returned to her post on e! news.
>> it's so good to be back.
>> reporter: through all their medical troubles the couple has never given up hope of having a baby.
>> a lot of people who watch your show came in to your lives knowing about your wish to have a baby.
>> has -- has -- do you have a sense based on how long these treatments may go about how long you may still have to wait for those fertility treatments that will make that dream come true?
>> well, right now we're exploring all of our options. and the main thing is we still have options out there.
>> we are definitely having to explore other options.
>> wait a minute --
>> absolute want a child. but --
>> -- but
>> -- pregnant myself with the medication that i'm starting, is probably not, you know, as far as myself, not going to happen any time soon. but, as bill mentioned, you know, we have definitely looking at other options. so hopefully we'll have some good news soon.
>> adoption possibly?
>> possibly adoption, surrogacy. so, listen, at the end of the day , whether you have a baby naturally, for adoption, surrogacy, it's your baby, you know, you're going to love that baby, and that's all that matters.
>> so now joining us, giuliana and bill rancic . good morning.
>> good morning.
>> good morning.
>> so let's not keep people waiting any longer. what is your announcement?
>> well, we said last time it was the year of the rancics. it really has turned out to be that way.
>> so we are finally having a baby. finally. after years of trying.
>> thank you.
>> and -- and -- when is the baby due?
>> late summer.
>> late summer.
>> late summer.
>> do you know if it's a boy or a girl?
>> we actually, we do. but we're not telling anyone. we're seeing how long we can keep it a secret so we haven't told anyone yet.
>> you've known for some time that the baby is due in late summer and you're using a -- having a baby via a gestational carrier , is that right? rather an a surrogate which means this baby is biologically your baby.
>> yes, it's our embryo and we're using a gestational carrier to help bring it to term.
>> was it hard to find a baby momma?
>> i love that. i call her my baby momma, too, i love it. you know, it -- we -- where we got ivf the last time, remember where i found my breast cancer , it's this place in colorado. and our doctor there said to us, i have this great agency and he hooked us up with the agency and they helped us find her. and she's just -- she's a dream come true.
>> so two embryos were implanted. one of them took. describe that moment when you discovered that after all you have been through, giuliana --
>> you're going to be a mother.
>> it was pretty much the -- one of the best moments of my life. if not the best moment of my life. i mean it was incredible. we've been trying for so long. we've been through so much. we just had such a hard year last year with the breast cancer and everything, and to finally get that call from the doctor, that you know, you're pregnant. or you're having a baby. i'm not quite pregnant. but you know what i mean . we're pregnant. it was just -- it was -- it was just another world. like on another level.
>> how did you -- you -- you must have been facing your own reactions but watching your wife --
>> it was pretty emotional. because this was our last stop. i mean this was it. we had those two embryos that we had banked, you know, prior to learning about the breast cancer , and you know, with the medicine she's going on, this was our last effort. so, the prayers were answered and we really want to thank all the folks who watched you, because they've been praying for us and they've been with us on this journey and we're very thankful for all the prayers.
>> and now you are getting to see this baby grow.
>> are you able to spend time with the baby momma.
>> how -- how is that working? what are you -- what are you doing?
>> i love when you say baby momma.
>> i love that.
>> we love it. yeah, she actually lives out of state. she doesn't live where we live. so we go visit her every month. we go to all the doctor's appointnesses. so we see the baby growing and it's very exciting.
>> very, very exciting. and you know, after all of this you've been through, i mean, all of the ups and downs , you always try to stay positive .
>> and it's brought you to this moment. i mean -- what is it -- what have you learned going through this entire process?
>> one of the things we've always tried 20 do is help others with our story. you know, whether it's with the infertility issues, whether it's with the breast cancer and we said we're going to turn negatives into positives and if we can help others by sharing our story then it's worth it.
>> you know what i think it is, too, i was able to find the positive in all of this. through breast cancer , which is so difficult to deal with, and the more you focus on the positive, the more you are grateful for the good things in your life, the more good things come to you. and i've really seen that. so listen, i have a great husband, i have a wonderful family, now i have a baby on the way, and what more can i ask for, really?
>> so we're excited.
>> thanks for sharing the news with us this morning.