Shauntelle is coming home on October 18
A young Carlow woman who has been getting treatment in the US for a rare form of cancer has been given the all clear after around 18 months of intensive treatments in Texas.
Shauntelle Tynan from Graiguecullen in Carlow raised over €600,000 last year to fund her journey to Texas Children’s Hospital to receive specialist chemotherapy that is not available anywhere else.
She was diagnosed with a rare form of multi-system Histiocytosis X Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH).
In a post on Facebook in the last few hours, Shauntelle said: "I just wanted to say a humungous thank you to everyone who followed my journey, liked the page, shared my posts, donated & for everyone who helped get my story out there!
"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!
"I'm sure you're all going to hear it from Ireland, I'll keep you all updated over the next few weeks with everything going on, but for now, I will finish this post here and also include a short video below of this long journey."
In a statement on Facebook, Team Shan Tynan said: "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 and forth to Texas 3-6 monthly initially and 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."