watch her whole interview on the Summit Day 1 Recording. (Start at 57:00 for Shannon.)
Something ain’t rightShannon was in a violent relationship without really knowing for a long time. The relationship started when she was young and one day her boyfriend slapped her. She immediately left, but when she mentioned it to his mother, she asked, “What did you do to upset him?” Shannon then drew the conclusion that this was actually her fault. So she stayed with him for some time, walking on eggshells and trying to keep him happy.
Honing In and HonoringRock bottom came when she came home to their apartment when he was drinking whiskey. Whiskey made him more violent so she tried to escape past him to the bathroom. He ended up pointing a gun at her head. “Go ahead,” she said. He pulled the trigger and the gun jammed. She ran out of there. As many stories we hear, she returned a couple weeks later. When it’s all you know, sometimes it seems better than the unknown.
I got it!The a-ha came when she became pregnant with twins. She realized that she did not want to bring her children into the environment she was living in.
“I will never let this happen to my child.”(Note: Isn’t it funny what we’ll do for our children that we don’t do for ourselves. I’ve had these shifts personally.)