But she wouldn’t go down with a fight. Refusing to be a victim, one morning Shannon threw on her sneakers and grabbed the weights. Slowly, painfully, she worked on healing herself, even if it was just a few minutes a day in the gym, until finally, her love of life and lifting returned.
Today, Shannon is nothing short of a success story. Contagiously happy and ridiculously fit, she and Paul, who is now her husband, have a new appreciation for life. Still confined to a wheelchair, Paul has found ways to workout, and the two are gym junkies once again. With her body in commendable shape, Shannon has her sights set on fitness modeling and offers counseling to high school students on the importance of self-care. And while life will never be easy, for this resilient woman, it’s still beautiful.