Jen Arnold and Bill Klein, a/k/a THE LITTLE COUPLE, demonstrated poise and maturity once again during last night’s show, “We’re In This Together”.
Juggling cancer treatments while acclimating newly adopted daughter Zoey to the U.S. and a home with a family, just seems to come naturally to these two.
Dr. Jen Arnold was diagnosed with gestational trophoblastic neoplasm – stage three, and there is what she called, “…a rapidly growing tumor” in her uterus.
Watching Jen deal with hair loss, when to wear a wig or a hat, and enduring high-octane chemo infusions that had to be scaled back, then taking on the role of mom to two toddlers is truly a shake-your-head moment.
Bill admitted that the most difficult part of it all when Jen returns home from treatments is to keep the kids at bay when the worst of the chemo side effects hit.
Putting her own mortality aside is what Jen does and willingly.
“Clearly we don’t want my cancer diagnosis to overshadow in any way the adoption of our daughter.”
What about the TV show being intrusive at this difficult time?
“It’s just another part of our lives,’ she said stoically. ‘So far we’ve been very open sharing all aspects in our lives, so I guess this isn’t any different.’”
Even more impressive, if you can believe it, is the job the couple did during a full two-month hiatus from everything, including the TV show on TLC.
They sent home their nanny and booted out the cameras while they spent that time completing the family bonding process.
The difference in Zoey was noticeable. She smiled, gave her parents kisses, got physically close and played with Will without the terror in her eyes.
Do you recall the scene at the orphanage in India when she was taken out of the arms of the attendant and handed to Jen? What about her refusal to allow Bill to get anywhere close to her?
Zoey’s face went from stricken with sadness and discomfort to one belonging to a two-year old who had loving parents and a big brother she adored.
Watching her hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree was moving. She isn’t fussy, weepy or tense in the least. The wonder on her face as she looked at dozens of ornaments, while getting to help Jen hang one on a branch was the best moment of all.
Love and calm surround this family. One can only hope this all has a happy ending.
TLC airs new episodes of THE LITTLE COUPLE on Tuesday nights beginning at 10:00 pm. ET/PT. Image credit: TLC