The Power of Strong Relationships
- Amid speculations of a potential split, Jen Arnold, 49, and Bill Klein, 48, of “The Little Couple” seem to be stronger than ever.
- Klein recently made a touching post for a wife to celebrate their anniversary.
- Arnold has previously talked about how her husband’s love gave her strength as she underwent cancer treatment in 2013.
- Facing any sort of health battle can be a very physically and emotionally exhausting experience. It can help to have a strong relationship to rely on for support.
- Still, it’s also important to notice what you have strength for and what is feeling like too much during your health battle.
“The Little Couple” is a TLC series that follows Arnold and Klein, both of whom happen to be under 4 feet tall, as they embarked on their journey together after marriage. They now have two adopted children together and continue to navigate life by each other’s side.Read More
“Happy anniversary to my one and only @jenarnoldmd,” Klein wrote. “What a remarkable 15 years it’s been… and yet you continue to surprise me, inspire me, love me and care for me. “I can’t thank you enough for each and every story we’ve created together and all that we have yet to create. Also, I noticed it’s orchid hunting season… congrats on your first kill! #iloveyou @jenarnoldmd”View this post on Instagram
‘The Little Couple’ Takes on CancerIt’s lovely to see Bill Klein and Jen Arnold going strong, especially given everything the couple has been through – including a cancer battle.
Relationships and Cancer
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“I have recently been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and am currently undergoing treatment, including surgery and chemotherapy,” Arnold told People. “I am very fortunate as the prognosis is good.”
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Arnold later revealed that she had developed a cancerous gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN) – a type of gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) – after a non-viable pregnancy. GTD occurs when a tumor develops inside the uterus from tissue that forms after conception (the joining of sperm and egg).
“The one time I get pregnant, I get cancer,” she said in 2013. Arnold and her husband had a history of fertility issues when the diagnosis arrived.
Thankfully, Arnold had her husband and her children to turn to for support and motivation during her health battle. Today, she remains cancer-free.
“There is never a good time to get news like this, getting it just as we are building our new family is tough in many ways,” she previously said.
“But being surrounded by the love of my husband and our two beautiful children is actually in many ways giving me the strength to fight it even stronger.”
Support During Cancer
Feeling supported during the highs and lows of life is crucial for anyone. But cancer warriors might need extra support when faced with their health battle.
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“Studies have found consistently that loneliness is a significant risk factor for physical and mental illnesses and the trajectory of recovery,” licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Marianna Strongin explained in a column for SurvivorNet.
“Therefore, it will be important that you surround yourself with individuals who care and support you throughout your treatment.”
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That being said, it’s important to have boundaries. Try to make sure your relationships are having an overall positive impact as you battle the disease.
“Going through [cancer] treatment is a very vulnerable and emotionally exhausting experience,” Dr. Strongin wrote.
“Noticing what you have strength for and what is feeling like too much… [is] extremely important to pay attention to as you navigate treatment.”
For actress and melanoma survivor Jill Kargman, her cancer journey only strengthened her relationship.
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“I think cancer is a great way to find out if you’re with the love of your life or a shithead,” she told SurvivorNet.
“I think it presses the fast forward button on getting to the bottom of that answer, because a lot of people in middle age are kind of at a crossroads, waiting for their kids to fly the coop.
“I think if you’re with someone who is not supportive and kind of emotionally checked out or doesn’t tell you you’re still beautiful with that, this might not be your person.”
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