‘Little Couple’ mother starts chemo; ‘prognosis is good,’ she says

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Photo Credit: @JenArnoldMD | Twitter

Photo Credit: @JenArnoldMD | Twitter

(HLNtv.com) — Fans of TLC’s “The Little Couple” were shocked when matriarch Jen Arnold announced she had been diagnosed with a rare cancer this month. Now, she is sharing some details about her disease and her treatment, and her outlook seems to be positive.

Arnold has choriocarcinoma, which affects parts of the reproductive system. She told People magazine the cancer began after she had a “nonviable pregnancy” this year and suffered symptoms while in India with her husband to pick up their adopted daughter, Zoey. Arnold has since had a hysterectomy and is now in chemotherapy.

During the holiday season, Arnold has been tweeting lots of hopeful messages and updates about her condition. She even posted a picture from her inpatient chemo treatment — bald and in bed, but with bright eyes and a smile. She also shared that she had to cancel a pre-Christmas chemo treatment because of low blood counts, which gave her the opportunity to bake cookies and partake in other holiday festivities with her family.

The TLC star told The Huffington Post that despite the grueling treatments, she is lucky.

“I am very fortunate as the prognosis is good. While there is never a good time to get news like this, getting it just as we are building our new family is tough in many ways,” she said. “But being surrounded by the love of my husband and our two beautiful children is actually in many ways giving me the strength to fight it even stronger.”

Arnold is also a board-certified neonatologist and pediatrician, so her medical background has definitely played into her get-well strategy. Fans from around the globe have been sharing messages of support, along with pictures of children close to them who have experienced medical problems and been helped by doctors like Arnold.

Bill Klein, Arnold’s husband, has also taken his wife’s treatments with a bit of levity. “Did Jens injection … Jens scared ill pass out giving the injection,” he tweeted. “Funny, so am I.”

The “Little Couple” stars have previously experienced tragedy in the public eye: In 2011, a joyous pregnancy announcement ended in sadness when Arnold and Klein revealed their surrogate had miscarried their unborn child.

As Arnold’s cancer treatments progress, the cameras will continue to roll, the family says. And her battle with the disease will play out on their show. “Jen is a doctor and teacher, and she saw this as an opportunity to educate and possibly help, through sharing her story,” a TLC representative told People.

While the road before her may be difficult, it’s clear that Arnold has the support of her fans and family, and she’s not giving up anytime soon.

“Thank you to everyone for your well wishes at #GetWellJen!,” she tweeted at the beginning of December. “You all make me smile! To those out there battling cancer, Get Well!”

By AJ Willingham

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  • Karol

    I was shocked when I heard this news. You are so brave in the face of all the adversity you face. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please kiss your dogs and babies for me. Kiss Bill for you. God bless.

  • SUE

    I was sitting with my Mother’s Home Health Aide with whom I share a love of your family (haven’t seen baby girl but Will is the sweetest). and was waiting to see the program resume. Out of the blue the Aide tells me Jen is ill with Cancer. How can this be was my first thought and comment. Had to go to internet and make sure. Now at least heard that the prognosis is good…I had grade I uterine 25 years ago and all went well but it was caught at the start.
    May you have the best outcome!! we need you and your family to show us what love is about. Doctor’s know a lot more than they used to.


  • Wilma

    Jen, can’t stop thinking of you and your beautiful family. You are truly a bright light in the darkness. Everything happens for a reason and may God bless you with a full recovery as you lead us through this battle with the courage, grace and strength that only one as remarkable as you has. Light up the world with your brilliant mind and spirit. I pray for you night and day and know you will win. Love you. Love Bill and wish you all only the best. God be with you.

  • Heidi

    Jen, You are truly an inspiration! I love watching your show! I hope the best for you to overcome your cancer! Prayers are sent your way! I had watched my Grandma suffer with Ovarian Cancer ( at least this is what, they think she had ) back in 1976-1978. Unfortunately, she died. My Mom had Breast Cancer in 2000, 3 weeks after My Dad & Her 50th Anniversary. Then after surgery, she went into remission. Next in 2008, 3 days before Christmas, my Mom had surgery to try to remove her Lung Cancer (She never smoked a day in her life). Unfortunately, she couldn’t have it done, because it was too close to her heart. She then went through treatments & then went into remission, after Stage 4. She now still sees her oncologist, but is doing really well. She is 81 years old. My Father-in-Law had Lung/Colon Cancer. He suffered from 2009-2012. He never once complained, but later he died. With all of these different outcomes, I totally believe that for everyone, these things happens for a reason. Never loose hope, faith & love for going through these obstacles. Be positive & do it for your loving husband & beautiful children! I believe in the power of prayer. May God Bless You! <3

  • Karla Hecht

    My heart goes out to you and your family. We went through two adoptions within one year also and that process is stressful by itself. But the outcome of having a family is so worth it, as you know.

    God bless you all- even when you are down and out-may you feel His peace. Keep climbing over the latest road bump-smash those cancer cells. I will pray.


    Karla Hecht

  • Doreen Gallant

    I;m so sorry to hear the news, I love the show and can’t wait to see Zoey if prayers heal you’ll do well because youar so loved and loads of prayers are coming your way loads of love and hugs to all

  • goldie hall

    I love your show, we adopted a baby girl when she was 6 months old,, she is our life,I had ovarian cancer in 1981..had a hysteromy.at 26 years old,,you hang in there for your family..

  • Eva Suez

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hoping you will make a full recovery. Really enjoy your show and can’t wait to meet Zoey I am sure she is as wonderful as Will. All the best for the New Year.

  • Elaine Strange

    My most darling Jen – it is with much hope and love that we wish you the best. We have so enjoyed your smiling face and am looking forward to seeing you again on TV along with your loving ;husband and adorable children.

  • carol disley

    jen you are a bright shining light. i love your smile and laugh.you are the most happy person i have ever seen.i pray for you and your family everyday.love that little wil to death. cannot wait to see zoey. god bless you and your awesome family.

  • Carol Moss

    The challenges that remain ahead of you and your family are many. May God’s tremendous strength, love and peace give you comfort as you rise each morning and when you retire each evening. Know that our prayers for the journey ahead of you are full of joy, love and peace.
    Love and lollipops!