LONG BRANCH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A little girl from New Jersey is now home, just in time for Christmas, after being treated for cancer.

For more than half her life, 9-year-old Mya Lin Terry’s small body has been riddled with deadly cancer. That she is here today to talk about it is beyond extraordinary.

“It is scary to go through a lot of stuff and you don’t know what’s happening next,” Mya said.

However, something happened recently that she and her mom, Kelly Terry, can only describe as miraculous.

“I’m cancer free,” Mya said.

Mya returned from a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was successfully treated for leukemia.

“We thought we were going to lose her. We thought by October or November she was going to be gone,” Terry said.

Since the age of five, Mya has been diagnosed with cancer three times, and each time she has survived.

Asked what she thinks the secret is to beating cancer, Mya answered: “Just fight until you can’t fight anymore.”

There have been relapses and set backs in the past, but this time could be different. Doctors say Mya’s new, donated bone marrow is healthy and replicating itself – a key to remaining free of leukemia.

“She’s a rock star. We call her ‘The Warrior Princess’,” said Terry. When asked if she believes in miracles, she answered: “I live with one.”

Ribbon’s of purple, Mya’s favorite color, adorn the streets of her Monmouth County neighborhood Friday, welcoming her home for the holidays, alive and well.

“I feel like a normal girl again,” she said.

Mya’s treatment is far from over. She’s still on a feeding tube and in need of medication, but doctors say her progress has been astonishing.

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Comments (12)
  1. Tommy C says:

    God Bless you Mya and the Thomas Family for keeping St Judes going . We need more stories like this . Remember ST JUDES ……… no child has ever been turned away because they couldn’t pay.

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  3. proud mom of 3 says:

    I know first hand just how important and life changing a bonemarrow transplant can be. My heart goes out to this Miracle child and her family. God has given them the best gift this holiday…..ENJOY!!!!!!

  4. Holly Kim Wilson says:

    Merry Christmas, Mya, to you and your family! you are a tough Jersey girl! So, of course, you will kick cancer’s butt. Hang in there, hero.

  5. Glen Pierce says:

    Mya – your are an inspiration to us all. And those doctors, nurses and your family. Your Mom is a hero too. I hope that God helps some doctor to find an easier cure. That will be my Christmas prayer for all people with Cancer. Thanks for not giving up. Glen

  6. John King says:

    You are an inspiration for all of us Mya. God Bless You and Merry Christmas.

  7. Giovanna VG. says:

    God Bless you Mya, You have the God’s hand over you along with thousand of angels around you. Have a wonder ful christmas and a wonderful life little princess.

  8. piper rainh says:

    i wish mya and her family aill my love and hope they have a very very very special christmas

  9. kevin khoef says:

    memphis,tennese is where St.Judes is so that is proboly what they are talking about!

  10. sue says:

    I agree. The name of the hospital should have been mentioned. Have a very Merry Christmas Mya and a long, happy and healthy life. You deserve it

  11. David Nicholson says:

    I would like to know why the name of the hospital was never mentioned
    just the city it is in.
    I assume the hospital was St. Judes who I’m sure could use the name being given in case anyone would like to contribute.
    Remember no child has ever been turned away because they couldn’t pay,
    I think it’s a shame you didn’t mention the name.

    Or is it because the word Saint is in it, must be PC

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