'I have a chance at life'- Teenager Shauntelle Tynan is now cancer free
This is great news!
Carlow native, Shauntelle Tynan has been given the all-clear after over a year of receiving treatment for cancer.
She was diagnosed with Histiocytosis X, a rare form of cancer when she was just a teenager.
Today it was announced via Shauntelle's support page Team Shan Tynan, that she is now cancer-free.
Shan went viral at the age of 18 last year when she posted a heartbreaking video describing her condition and her need to raise funds to receive treatment in the States.
Moved by her story, people across the country donated to Shan's cause and she was able to travel to Texas where she has been undergoing treatment for the past year.
Shan and her family posted a message today, there is an excerpt from the post below but you can read it in full here.
"BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!
So last night we got to get out and crack a bottle of two of champagne! The news we have waited so long to hear has come! Shan is CANCER FREE! Technically she is NAD (no active disease) This is the day we have dreamed about and anticipated for so long! Shan will have ongoing issues and she will remain on oral chemo as maintenance for the next 12-18 months, we have secured the best possible medical care for her in Ireland upon our return.
"She will travel back & forth to Texas 3-6 monthly initially & yearly for the rest of her life. Our hope is that maintenance dosage of chemo and her port removal will take place over the next 6-7 weeks! Shan will get on that plane home October 18th! We are beyond grateful for everything you have all done to get us this far, something we could've only dreamed of before, you all made happen! We are still in great shock to finally hear this news, but happier than we have ever been".
Those who supported Shauntelle through her journey have congratulated her, with thousands liking the post on Facebook.
It's absolutely fantastic news and I'm delighted that Shan and her family have the happy ending they wished for.