It was an ordinary April day. Snow still dotted the ground and the tops of the mountains. Shannon Olsson was in her family log house high in the Pintler Mountains in Montana. Her husband, Josh, headed out for a little ride on his ATV.
An hour later her phone rings. Her neighbors found Josh. He was unconscious, lying on the snow. That day, her life changed forever.
He was given a 50-50 chance of making it. The accident damaged the left side of his brain, rendering him immobile and barely able to talk. It took him four days to recognize his wife and two small children.
Olsson now had two options: find a job or start a business in the small, Montanan town, Philipsburg. She chose a business.
This is her story.
I found Shannon by accident while on another story for the University of Montana's graduate journalism program. Her story inspired me with her resilience, strength and vulnerability. I shot this project for Jeremy Lurgio's multimedia class as my final project. It still is a long ways from being completed. I hope to finish it soon, but I want people to hear her story and take heart during the hard times.
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