Jen Arnold Cancer Debuts on 'Little Couple,' But She's Now in Remission

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 07:53 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Jen Arnold, the star of TLC's "The Little Couple," was diagnosed with cancer last year, but the diagnosis episode aired Tuesday on TLC, bringing a new wave of well-wishes for the family.

People magazine reported in February that the cancer is currently in remission. 

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News about Arnold, a neonatologist in Houston, broke in December and she started receiving treatment soon after.

"I have recently been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and am currently undergoing treatment, including surgery and chemotherapy," Arnold told The Huffington Post on Dec. 6. "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. ... 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." 

On March 11's episode, Arnold cut her trip to India short at the request of doctors. She was there to complete the adoption of their 2-year-old daughter Zoey. With cameras rolling, she received her diagnosis.

Her cancer was Stage 3, starting with a tumor in her uterus that had metastasized into additional tumors in her lungs but not her brain or liver.

"When you first hear it, hear cancer, my heart sank," Arnold's husband Bill Klein said. "There’s nothing you can do. It scares the hell out of you."

The diagnosis put a damper on the joyous occasion of adding Zoey to their family.

"It was not something we expected nor foresaw but unfortunately have to deal with," Arnold said. "Clearly we don't want my cancer diagnosis to overshadow in any way the adoption of our daughter."

The couple, which has been part of the TLC reality series since 2009, had already adopted a boy, 3-year-old Will.

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