You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.

The message is this Juliana Rancic kept close to her heart — and by her bedside — when she fought breast cancer in 2011. But 10 years after surviving the disease, the fashion designer reflects on her journey and notes how far she has come.

“My biggest self-discovery since cancer and treatment has been realizing that I’m stronger than I thought,” Julianne shared with E! News in an exclusive interview. “I like knowing that I came out of this experience a stronger woman.”

When she was first diagnosed, the former E! News the co-host said she was afraid of the future. But as she continues to share her story, the 48-year-old realizes she was never alone in her struggle.

“I wish I knew how many more survivors and women are fighting breast cancer were,” she said. “I would also like to know how badly the medical field needs support to continue the work they are doing to find life-saving.”