Well, this news just made our day! After months of grueling chemotherapy to battle a rare form of cancer, TLC’s The Little Couple star Jen Arnold is officially in remission. Huzzah!
"I had my official last chemo treatment," the reality star tells People in a new interview. "And while I'm hesitant to say I'm cancer-free — maybe that's common for people who have had cancer — I'm doing great. Everything is moving in the right direction. I am very excited."
It’s been a long and tough journey to recovery for the mother of two, who has two adoptive children: a daughter Zoey, 2, and son Will, 3. Jen was first diagnosed a few months back with stage 3 choriocarcinoma, a rare cancer that she discovered after suffering a failed pregnancy. The first step was to remove a mass in her uterus, which left her with pneumonia. Chemo followed to battle tumors in her lungs, and because of her size, doctors had difficulty finding the right dosage was correct for someone Jen’s size.
"It actually got harder as more time went on,” she reveals. "Some weeks were more difficult than others with different side effects. I had a lot of fatigue and nausea and some days it just felt like my hands and feet were very heavy." That can’t be easy with two rambunctious toddlers!
Lucky for the 39-year-old, she had her supportive husband Bill to help her through the worst of it. “Bill knows when I'm not doing well and he takes such good care of me," Jen explains. "That was huge. That and enjoying watching my children play was a huge uplifting part of my treatment. With kids running around, you don't have much time to feel sorry for yourself." So sweet!
Though she is in remission, Jen will continue to have regular weekly checkups to have her blood count monitored to make sure the cancer doesn’t return. Over time, these weekly tests will become a monthly, then yearly occurrence. And though she hasn’t gone back to work full-time as a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, she plans to as soon as she’s feeling up to it.
"Sometimes I get a little winded when I walk around more and I have that fuzzy chemo brain at times, but I am very excited and happy to be where I am right now," Jen says. "I want to get stuff done. I am anxious to get back to my normal self."
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