Jen Arnold, star of TLC’s “Little Couple”, says she just had her last chemotherapy treatment and is in remission, and though it was a difficult journey, she says her children and husband definitely helped her get through it.
Arnold developed stage 3 choriocarcinoma after a failed pregnancy last year and had to undergo surgery to remove a mass on her uterus; she later had tumors removed from her lungs, as well, and battled pneumonia on top of it all. The chemotherapy made her extremely ill, which made it hard to keep up with her two young children, 3-year old Will and 2-year old Zoey.
“It actually got harder as more time went on,” Arnold says. “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… Bill knows when I’m not doing well and he takes such good care of me,” she said of her husband. “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.”
Aside from being a reality star with Bill, Arnold is a doctor at Texas Children’s Hospital. She hasn’t gone back to work yet but says she’s excited to get back to her normal schedule now that she’s healthy.
“I had my official last chemo treatment,” she says. “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….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. I want to get stuff done. I am anxious to get back to my normal self.”
Arnold says she will have to be closely monitored by doctors over the coming months to ensure she stays healthy, but for now, she’s doing well.
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