Shannon and her friend Kelly were on the freeway one November day in 2004 when suddenly the car in front of them stopped. The impact ejected both women from the SUV, causing severe injuries. Shannon sustained collapsed lungs, spleen damage, a dislocated right ankle, every rib broken, severe road rash in both lower legs, a broken neck and extensive damage to her left leg. After 29 surgeries—including the amputation of her leg above the knee—Shannon began her recovery. She is now walking without crutches.