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'The Little Couple' Star Jen Arnold Discusses Cancer Battle

'The Little Couple' Star Jen Arnold Discusses Cancer Battle

12/11/2013

Jen Arnold, who stars alongside her husband Bill Klein on TLC’s The Little Couple, is opening up about her battle against cancer.

Jen Arnold On Cancer Battle

Arnold was diagnosed with stage 3 choriocarcinoma when persistent bleeding forced her to return to Houston to see her OB-GYN while she was in India with Klein finalizing their adoption of Zoey, 2. The rare cancer developed as a result of a miscarriage Arnold had in September.

"The one time I get pregnant, I get cancer," Arnold told People. "There are moments I feel just terrible.” "I can't believe it is happening. Other times, I feel like this is just a bump in the road."

Litttle Couple Star's Doctors Wary Of Surgery

Due to Arnold’s skeletal dysplasia, doctors did their best to avoid using surgery to treat her cancer. However, when other methods, such as chemotherapy, failed to work, a hysterectomy emerged as the best option for survival.

"We wanted to avoid surgery in her case because of her shortened airway and the difficulties she has had in the past with surgeries," said Dr. Concepcion R. Diaz-Arrastia, director of gynecology oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. "But we felt we had no choice. The disease was not responding to chemotherapy. We had to do this in order to save her life."

"I called oncologists in Los Angeles, Baltimore, New York, Houston," Dr. Arrastia added. "And no one had experience with treating this type of cancer in a person with skeletal dysplasia. It was a very rare cancer, rare that it was found in a little person … a very rare situation."

Arnold’s cancer fight, while raising Zoey and son Will, 3, with Klein, will be documented on forthcoming episodes of The Little Couple. The Little Couple airs Tuesdays on TLC at 10/9c.

– Chelsea Regan

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