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Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Jen Arnold, whose TLC reality show “The Little Couple” chronicles her and her husband’s life living with dwarfism, is opening up about a cancer diagnosis that she received while traveling to India to finalize adoption papers on the couple’s daughter. The Arnolds had struggled with infertility treatments before ultimately adopting a son from China and a daughter from India–both children with different forms of dwarfism. More from PEOPLE.com:
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Back in Houston, Arnold, a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, was diagnosed with stage 3 choriocarcinoma, a rare cancer that began with a non-viable pregnancy (the embryo had no heartbeat) she suffered in September.
“The one time I get pregnant,” Arnold says ruefully, “I get cancer.”
When a cancerous mass in her uterus didn’t initially respond to chemotherapy, her doctors decided 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,” says 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.”
Her doctor also did extensive research and contacted specialists around the country to calculate the appropriate dosage of chemotherapy for Arnold, who has a form of dwarfism.
“I called oncologists in Los Angeles, Baltimore, New York, Houston,” says Dr. Arrastia, “and no one had experience with treating this type of cancer in a person with skeletal dysplasia. It was a very rare cancer, rare that it was found in a little person … a very rare situation.”
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Bill Arnold and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Arnold, have adopted a little boy who was born with dwarfism, a condition that the Arnolds both live with and chronicle in their TLC reality show “The Little Couple.” They had been attempting to have a biological child using a gestational surrogate, but their surrogate suffered a miscarriage in November 2011. More from PEOPLE.com on the Arnold’s son, William, who is 3 years old and is from China:
“We are thrilled to announce that we have adopted a beautiful young boy from China,” the couple said in a statement to PEOPLE. “We are so proud to welcome William to our family and look forward to bringing him home.”
On their TV series last March, the couple explored adoption after their surrogate suffered a miscarriage.
“My entire life, even before I met Bill, I always thought, ‘Oh, I’d love to adopt a child who is another little person,’ ” Arnold said on the episode. “And Bill and I talked about it after we got married, and I think we both realized we both would like that.”
The new season of “The Little Couple” will premiere on April 30 at 10 p.m. EST.
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
In their first public appearance since suffering the miscarriage of their twentieth child in December, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar talked about the family’s grief.
“It’s devastating, and many others have experienced very similar situations,” Michelle said Tuesday on the Today Show. “Probably the hardest part is that when a loss like this occurs people really don’t know what to say … We realize our sweet little Jubliee is with the Lord, and we will see her again someday.”
Michelle also said they would welcome more children: “We would be open to more if God saw fit to bless us with more.”
The couple, who live in Arkansas and chronicle their family’s life on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, visited the doctor for a routine scan at 19 weeks when the doctor was unable to find a heartbeat, and the pregnancy was pronounced a miscarriage. The Duggars named the baby girl Jubilee Shalom.
Michelle experienced a miscarriage in her second pregnancy, and says that led the couple to decide to forgo birth control and to leave the size of their family “up to God.”
Image: The Duggars via http://allday.today.msnbc.msn.com/
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Thursday, December 8th, 2011
After announcing early last month that they were expecting their 20th child, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar learned this week that their pregnancy has ended in a second-trimester miscarriage, PEOPLE.com is reporting. The couple, who live in Arkansas and chronicle their family’s life on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, had visited the doctor for a routine scan that would have told them whether they were expecting a boy of a girl. Instead, the doctor was unable to find a heartbeat, and the pregnancy was pronounced a miscarriage.
The Duggars, who are evangelical Christians, plan to learn the baby’s gender, name him or her, and have a funeral service.
“I feel like my heart broke telling my children,” says Michelle. “They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult. The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him.”
The stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting previously weathered a medical ordeal with their youngest daughter, Josie, who was born in December 2009.
This was their second miscarriage; Michelle lost her baby during her second pregnancy. She was taking oral birth control at the time and cites this as one reason the couple together decided to leave the number of children they have “up to God.”
(Image via: http://www.people.com/)
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