Little Couple Star Jen Arnold says her cancer is in remission as of Feb. 3 after her last chemo treatment. The TLC reality show star had been diagnosed with stage 3 choriocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer that occurred after a non-viable pregnancy.
She had to undergo a weekly regimen of chemotherapy, during which doctors worked diligently to get her the correct dosage for Arnold’s size, due to her dwarfism.
“I had my official last chemo treatment,” Arnold told People magazine. “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 actually got harder as more time went on,” the 30-year-old said about her treatment. “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.”
The Little Couple star thanked her husband Bill, 39, for being by her side throughout her intense treatments as well as her children: Will, 3, and Zoey, 2. (“The Little Couple” stars were in the process of adopting Zoey from India last year when Arnold first began feeling unwell.)
“Bill knows when I’m not doing well, and he takes such good care of me,” Arnold said. “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.”
Arnold, who works as a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, will be closely monitored during her remission for any signs of recurrence. But she told People that she is ready to move forward.
“I am very excited and happy to be where I am right now,” Arnold said. “I want to get stuff done. I am anxious to get back to my normal self.”
In 2011, the star’s surrogate mother had suffered a miscarriage. Arnold has suffered a lot of tragedy, but she bounces back each time.