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Giuliana Rancic, a television host and media personality, has been in the headlines for her public battle with breast cancer. Now, she has spoken out about the importance of religion in her healing.
In an interview with People, Rancic said, “We go to church every Sunday. And we did before, but it never meant as a much as it does now. We prayed on our own, but now we prayed together and you’ll never know how much that means until you do it. Bill and I have changed our lives in that one way.”
Rancic is married to businessman Bill Rancic, and the two have their own reality show on Style Network. Their show gained much attention for the stars’ candid experiences with infertility and miscarriage. On Oct. 17, 2011, Rancic announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and on Dec. 5 she had a double mastectomy.
This is not the first time the couple has spoken about faith. Immediately following Giuliana’s surgery, Bill Rancic tweeted: “Thank you for the outpouring of prayers for Giuliana!” Rancic also told fans how grateful she was for their prayers during her first appearance at work.
Scientists and spiritual leaders alike tout the power of prayer in healing. Dr. Elizabeth Targ conducted experiments on the effect of prayer in 2002. She found that healing “could be actuated through the agency of God, consciousness, love, electrons, or a combination.”
A new report by the American Psychological Association shows that praying about health issues increased by 36 percent from 1999 to 2007. Report author Amy Wachholtz stated, “We’re seeing a wide variety of prayer use among people with good income and access to medical care. People are not exchanging health insurance for prayer.”