Victoria Arlen is an icon to reckon with. Her heart-warming eye-tearing inspirational story from being the child that never gets sick, to being in a state of a vegetable to becoming a gold medalist in Paralympics and to competing in dancing with the stars, she has truly conquered and defied all odds. It wasn’t an easy journey for her but with determination, she ran the race and won.
Victoria today has so made much progress that the world should celebrate her. She is a Paralympic gold medalist and former world record holder in swimming. If you were told that at one time in her life she had to learn to blink her eyes, move her fingers and learn to walk again after being paralyzed for 10 years, you won’t believe it.
At 11 years old, Victoria was infected with transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis which made her slip into a vegetative state where for four years she could hear everything going on around her but couldn’t move any part of her body. During this state, she focused on two things: defying all odds by getting back to normalcy and asking God for a second shot at changing the world.
Even when Doctors told her she wouldn’t walk again and might live the rest of her life trapped in her body, but she refused to give up hope. In 2015 she took her first steps, and she hasn’t looked back since. “I am not one to give up the fight that easily,” Victoria says. “I was just determined to prove people wrong.”
She is the latest hero to be featured in Jockey’s Show ‘Em What’s Underneath campaign. Her appearance on Dancing With The Stars and her four Paralympic medals are truly astonishing. Her passionate love for dancing was very instrumental in hastening her recovery. It taught her not to look at her feet and use will-power and the mind. Victoria took on ballet classes twice a day—even when she was told she would never have leg muscles again.
“I have to work out for a minimum two hours a day to keep my legs going because if I don’t move it, I lose it,” says Victoria. “I’ve had no feeling in my legs longer than I’ve had feeling in my legs for my entire life. I think people almost feel bad in a sense like, ‘Oh my God, I am so sorry,’ but I’m like, ‘Why are you sorry?’ It hasn’t stopped me yet, and I don’t plan on it stopping me.”
Victoria Arlen is a living testimony that as long as there’s hope, love, will-power, and determination, Yes you can! Whatever obstacles, challenges or setbacks you are faced with in your life, if you have the right mindset, you can face it, embrace it, defy it and conquer it. #Rewordit