The Little Couple’s Jen Arnold reveals her cancer began with miscarriage

Jen Arnold - Cancer Diagnosis

The truth behind Jen Arnold’s cancer diagnosis is even more tragic than we realized.

“The one time I get pregnant, I get cancer,” said Jen for a People feature story.

The resilient Little Couple star explained her first sign something was wrong came when she began bleeding heavily while she and husband Bill Klein were in India to finalize the adoption of baby Zoey.

“My initial thoughts were all about Zoey,” Jen, 39, said. “But then the bleeding got worse and I was feeling light-headed. It was a hard decision, but I had to go home.”

Jen Arnold - Bill Klein - The Little Couple - Cancer

While Bill, son Will and their nanny stayed in India, Jen took her OBG-YN’s advice and returned to Houston. She was then diagnosed with stage 3 choriocarcinoma, a rare cancer that began with a non-viable pregnancy (the embryo had no heartbeat) she suffered in September. According to the Mayo Clinic, choriocarcinoma is usually successfully treated with multiple cancer drugs, chemotherapy and/or a hysterectomy.

In Jen’s case, the uterine tumor didn’t respond to chemotherapy so doctors opted to perform a hysterectomy.

“We wanted to avoid surgery in her case because of her shortened airway and the difficulties she has had in the past with surgeries,” said Dr. Concepcion R. Diaz-Arrastia, director of gynecology oncology at Baylor College of Medicine, who is treating Arnold. “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.”

For now, Jen is drawing on support from her husband and two children. She also plans to share her battle with viewers of The Little Couple.

“There are moments I feel just terrible,” the new mom explained. “I can’t believe it is happening. Other times, I feel like this is just a bump in the road.”

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  • SmrtLikeStik

    I hope she’s okay :(

  • Roxiee

    So Sad, That baby would have been beautiful, not that will and zoey are they are. But having a child of your own and experiencing pregnancy is an amazing thing. Im sure she is happy with her adopted children and loves them very much but Im guessing her pregnancy was a surprise and she was really excited. Im glad she didn’t say right away that she was pregnant because she knew things might go wrong. I know that baby is looking after her mother <3 I love their show and and Im wishing them the best. You'll get through this Jen :)

    • MPmom

      I’m an adult adoptee… thanks for implying that adopted children are second best to having your own.

  • Victoria McGuire

    Sad, but at least it is treatable and they have two adorable children who need their mommy. Hugs Jen

  • justme

    Roxie, as a mother of adopted children they are no different than your own!

    • Roxiee

      I said Im sure she loves her adopted children very much but she may have been really excited to experience a pregnancy because its a beautiful thing to experience and she kept tying to get pregnant in the past. Im sure she loves will and zoey like they are her own and. :)

  • jeff

    What a horrible thing to happen to a good person and a good family. There are so many lower life forms who seem to have all the luck and health in the world, it’s unfortunate that the world works this way. The duggars keep popping out brainwashed soldiers and these guys have to go through all these struggles to not only have a family but to even remain healthy.

  • anjealka

    So sad for Jen. Reading that Jenelle can get pregnant so easily and then jen women who has done so many things right has this happen to her makes me upset. I hope Jen’s surgery is able to make her cancer free and she is able to have many healthy years with her 2 beautiful kids.

  • Marilyn Catalano

    I watched your show from day one. recently I was shopping and saw People magazine with the shocking news on the front cover. I was saddened because you and Bill have just become proud parents to two great kids. I hope that this is just a big bump to get over with no problems and both of you can enjoy your kids. I also feel for your parents and how they are coping with it. I hope for the best to you. just keep fighting and smiling Jen.

  • Stacy Palitza

    I recently lost my dad to a rare cancer called Bile Duct Cancer, but unfortunately he was already in the latest Stage 4 and surgery was not an option. However, I truly believe that Jens’ hysterectomy saved her life! All I can say is keep on fighting and praying, Jen! Plus you have support from your wonderful family and course God, who will always be there for all His children.

  • b cain

    I was so heartbroken for Jen, Bill, Will & Zoey. They have created such a beautiful family. Will & Zoey are absolutely adorable. My heart thoughts and prayers with them and their babies at this time. Kick that cancers butt Jen! <3 to you all

  • Sheila Greer

    Just Love her, in my Prayers God speed Jen! God speed!