“Little Couple” star Jen Arnold has been through a lot in the past year; after traveling to India with her husband, Bill Klein, she began experiencing heavy bleeding and subsequently found out she had cancer of the uterus brought on by a miscarriage. The trip to India was meant to be a happy time, as they were going to adopt their 2-year old daughter, Zoey, but Arnold was forced to come back to the U.S. to receive treatment.
“It was terrible,” Bill said. “I just wanted it to be me instead of her and for her to be with the kids.”
The cancer required surgery, which was hard on Jen’s body and left her feeling overwhelmed while taking care of the children.
“It actually got harder as more time went on,” Arnold said. “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.”
But having the children there also helped her find the strength to recover; as she says, she wanted to make sure she’s around to see them grow up and build lives for themselves.
“I kept thinking I want to see Will get married. I want to see Zoey get married. I want to see what they become when they grow up,” she said.
As far as the past year, Arnold says she’s ready for things to go back to normal now that her cancer is gone.
“I don’t want any of this crazy excitement,” she said. “I’m ready for life to be boring, good or bad.”
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