25 Sept 2022

'I wasn't scared of dying, but I didn't want to die,' Shan Tynan talks about planning her funeral

The Carlow woman was on RTÉ's Late Late Show

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Shan and her mother, Leona, on the Late Late Show

Carlow's Shauntelle "Shan" Tynan wasn't scared of dying, but didn't want to die, she told host Ryan Tubridy on Friday's Late Late Show.

Shan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at just 16-years-old.

After eight months of chemo with little success, her mother Leona started the mammoth task of raising €600,000 so Shan could take part in US clinical trials that had the potential to save her life.

The family raised just over €700,000 in two days through a GoFundMe page. 

In Texas for the last year, she returned to Ireland this week having been declared cancer free.

Speaking on the Late Late Show on Friday night, Leona said: "You never, ever give up. You just keep going."

On being back in their own home, the determined mother added: "This is the Carlsberg of mornings, there is no better feeling than to have your family where you're supposed to be."

Shan talked about organising her own funeral when she was first diagnosed and said: "I wasn't scared of dying but I didn't want to die. I was scared about what would happen my parents and my family."  

When asked what she missed most while in Texas for eighteen months, she said: "Food, the bread." She also had a spice bag on her first night back in Ireland on Thursday. 

Shan's future looks bright and she added: "I want to learn how to drive, I want to get a job, I want to go to college. I want to advocate," and live her life. 

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