The moment the young Carlow woman rang the bell
A young Carlow woman who was recently given the all clear from cancer after around 18 months of intensive treatments in the US has officially rung the bell at the Texas Children’s Hospital to signify that she is now cancer free.
Shauntelle 'Shan' Tynan from Graiguecullen in Carlow was getting treatment in the US for a rare form of cancer after people donated over €600,000 last year to fund her journey to the US facility.
She was recently given the all clear from cancer after around 18 months of intensive treatments in Texas has described her experience of the illness as "devastating" but feels proud of herself for staying so positive.
In a post on Facebook last Friday, Team Shan Tynan said: "After what has been an extremely emotional week, we wake up excited for Shan's big day and finally ringing the bell.
"We have waited so long for this day and 3:30pm (9:30 Irish time) can’t come quick enough xx We know our Nana will be here in spirit and so proud of how far Shan has come.
"We can’t thank you all enough for your support and the incredible Doctors and Nurse’s at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers who have got Shan to this point!! You will never know how much you all mean to us.
"Only 3 more weeks and we will be landing on Irish soil and can’t wait to be home as a family and see you all."
In a video posted online in the last couple of days, Shan says there were times when she thought she would never get to ring that bell and added: “It’s something that signifies the end of your cancer journey...and it’s just an amazing moment.
“There’s been so many times in my life where I was sitting having chemo and I was having the worst day ever and I’d be watching all these kids ring the bell.
“And it’s just such a huge thing to have to watch so many other kids do and you’re always happy for them, but you're always just wishing that was me and I never thought I'd get to ring the bell.
“We’ve all seen me go through the times where we didn’t even know if I’d have a future, never mind ring the bell.”
Here’s Shan’s full video: