“I had my official last chemo treatment,” says Arnold, 39. “And while I’m hesitant to say I’m cancer-free – maybe that’s common for people who have had cancer – I’m doing great. Everything is moving in the right direction. I am very excited.”
“It actually got harder as more time went on,” Arnold says. “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.”
Arnold’s road to recovery has had its rocky moments. She was diagnosed with stage 3 choriocarcinoma, a rare cancer that occurred after she had a failed pregnancy. After surgery to remove a mass in her uterus, she developed pneumonia. Her doctors worked to get her chemotherapy dosage levels correct for a person of her size – Arnold has skeletal dysplasia, a bone-growth disorder that causes dwarfism – to battle tumors in her lungs.
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