Wednesday 24 April 2019

'My cancer has gone' - Shan after €700k US treatment

Shauntelle Tynan is looking forward to a healthy future after beating cancer
Shauntelle Tynan is looking forward to a healthy future after beating cancer

An Irish teenager who raised more than €700,000 to receive pioneering medical treatment in the US has revealed she is cancer-free.

Shauntelle 'Shan' Tynan (19) said she "can't wait to have a really exciting and healthy future".

After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, histiocytosis X, in 2015, she moved with her family from their home in Carlow to Houston, Texas, for spec- ialist treatment.


The inspirational teen said in an emotional Facebook post: "We are so lost for words right now but wanted you all to know that my journey of active cancer has come to a close and we hope it remains that way!

"The future obstacles I will face will be worth everything I've been through. Now I truly have a chance at life and will keep you all updated to how I grow in the future.

"Next stop is ringing that bell I've watched so many kids ring when they got to cancer free, something we never thought I'd do!"

Alongside a video clip, Shauntelle's family wrote a message saying they are feeling "eternally grateful" at the prospect of bringing her home in October.

"This is the day we have dreamed about and anticipated for so long!" they wrote.

"Shan will have ongoing issues and she will remain on oral chemo as maintenance for the next 12 to 18 months. We have secured the best possible medical care for her in Ireland upon our return.

"She will travel back and forth to Texas 3-6 monthly initially and yearly for the rest of her life.

"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."

Shauntelle told her online followers last year that she had been advised her prognosis was not good unless she underwent the treatment in the US.

She said: "The cancer has just got out of control. When it started I had cancer in my ears, my skin and my pituitary in my brain. Now it's all throughout my gastrointestinal area. It's in my colon, it's in my skin it's in my stomach.

"The doctors in Texas have told me if I don't come for at least 12 months then they don't have a great chance of helping me survive."

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