Sullivan, 31, says she had been dreaming of a trip to see the Seven Wonders of the World for nearly three years but never knew when it was going to happen.
Last November, the San Francisco-based producer had the trifecta of catastrophes -- the car accident, cliff fall and cancer diagnosis -- happen all that month.
Around the same time, Sullivan met her now-boyfriend, Chris McNamara, 36, who asked her on their second date what the one thing was she had always wanted to do in her life.
"I let him know about the journey and he said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it,’” Sullivan told ABC News. "I was like, ‘What are you talking about.'"
When Sullivan, whose skin cancer was treated with minor surgery, got 13 days off work, the couple decided to drop everything and see the Seven Wonders of the World in 13 days.
“You start to think there’s no time like the present,” Sullivan said. “I just kind of planned it all backwards from 13 days, clocking it like once we land here, take a train to here and back, drive there.”
Sullivan and McNamara left for their dream trip in late December, after just about 10 days of planning. Their trip is now going viral thanks to a Facebook post from Ashton Kutcher, after Sullivan posted a video of the trip, which she also documented on Instagram and a blog.
“It was unexpectedly amazing,” Sullivan said. “We took a ski lift up the Great Wall and a toboggan down, because when you only have 32 hours that’s what you do.”
“We thought, ‘We’ve come so far and we’re going to get stuck in India,’” Sullivan recalled. “I told Chris to just not argue with him and let me handle it.”
“If we had missed that flight it would have been a domino effect and the whole trip would have been over,” Sullivan said. “We just kept going back to the spreadsheet, checking, are we going to make it.”
“It was a whirlwind,” Sullivan said of their Seven Wonders trip. “Every time we’d go to a wonder we’d say, ‘I can’t believe we’re pulling this off right now.’”