So heartbreaking! The brave mom and ‘Little Couple’ star revealed that she discovered she has choriocarcinoma — a rare cancer of the uterus — while she was in India with her family, meeting her newly adopted daughter, Zoey.
Dr. Jennifer Arnold speaks out in a new interview about the traumatic way she learned she had a potentially deadly cancer. The star of The Little Couple and her husband Bill Klein journeyed on Oct. 13 to India to pick up their newly adopted daughter, Zoey, 2, and bring her home to Houston to meet big brother Will, 3. That’s when Jen began bleeding uncontrollably and desperately needed to get a blood transfusion. However, she was nowhere close to the expert doctors at home who were familiar with her dwarfism case. Despite potential medical risks, she decided to fly the 20 hours home to have the transfusion, and she was diagnosed with cancer.
Dr. Jennifer Arnold Uterine Cancer: ‘Little Couple’ Mom Has Choriocarcinoma
Jen was diagnosed with stage 3 choriocarcinoma, an extremely rare cancer in the uterus only occurring in women who have been pregnant.
Jen had actually become pregnant, much to her surprise, in Aug. 2013, after she had suffered with fertility issues for many years. She knew it would be difficult to carry a baby to term because of her small frame. In fact, she had an early miscarriage. The neonatalist told People sadly that it was therefore very ironic to her that she would get a cancer related to pregnancy after being pregnant only once and for such a short time. “The one time I get pregnant,” Jen said, “I get cancer.”
What should have been a joyous occasion – finally bringing her daughter home after months of adoption woes –turned into a medical emergency.
Dr. Jennifer Arnold: Doctors Forced To Perform Hysterectomy
Jen’s doctors in Houston decided to perform a risky hysterectomy when Jen did not immediately respond to her chemo treatments. “We wanted to avoid surgery in her case because of her shortened airway and the difficulties she has had in the past with surgeries,” Jen’s doctor, Dr. Concepcion R. Diaz-Arrastia, director of gynecology oncology at Baylor College of Medicine, told People. “But we felt we had no choice. The disease was not responding to chemotherapy. We had to do this in order to save her life.”
Jen has decided to share her cancer fight and recovery on the next season of her TLC show in hopes of educating others about the disease and its treatment.
Our thoughts are with Jen and her beautiful family at this trying time, but we know she has the power and support to stay strong!
— Kristine Hope Kowalski