Face it. Embrace it. Defy it. Conquer it
Victoria talks about how she overcame the adversity of a crippling illness causing her to reach a vegetative state.
Summary of Victoria Arlen
Victoria Arlen’s powerful story of overcoming a rare neurological disorder that left her paralyzed from the waist down ignites audience’s passion for achieving goals. In 2010, after almost four years being in a vegetative state, Victoria began the nearly impossible fight back to life. Although she faced the devastating reality of paralysis from the waist down, she went on to defy the odds and not only recovered but has since become an accomplished speaker, actress, model, and swimmer. In April 2015, Victoria made the transition from professional athlete to sportscaster and joined ESPN as one of the youngest on-air talents hired by the company, reporting for espnW, X Games, and Sportscenter. Victoria also recently defied the odds after being told she would never walk again. She took her first steps in March 2016 and has not stopped since. Victoria has become world famous not only for her story and accomplishments but for her message: “Face It, Embrace It, Defy It, Conquer It". She inspires audiences to have a new perspective on life and to see the world full of possibilities rather than limitations.Download Full Bio
Victoria Arlen’s life drastically changed in 2006 at the tender age of eleven when she developed two rare conditions known as Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. This was an incredibly rare scenario and Victoria quickly lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move. She slipped into a vegetative state in which doctors had written her off as a lost cause. Victoria spent nearly four years “locked” inside her own body completely aware of what was going on just unable to move or communicate. Doctors believed there was little hope of survival and recovery was unlikely. Victoria, however was not ready to give up.
In 2010, after almost four years, she began the nearly impossible fight back to life. Learning how to speak, eat and move all over again. Although she faced the devastating reality of paralysis from the waist down due to damage to her spine. She went on to exceedingly defy the odds and not only recovered but has since become an accomplished Motivational Speaker, Actress, Model, and Swimmer.
Victoria’s swimming resume includes three Silvers and a Gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympic Games as well as multiple World, American and Pan American Records. Victoria recently joined ESPN as the youngest on air talent hired by the company and made her television debut this past Summer reporting at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. Victoria also reports for Sportscenter, espnW, Frozen Four, ESPYS, X-Games and more. Victoria also recently defied the odds and after being told she would never walk again and spending ten years in a wheelchair in March of 2016 Victoria took her first steps and has not stopped.
At just twenty-two years old Victoria has become world famous not only for her story and accomplishments but for her message: “Face It, Embrace It, Defy It, Conquer It”
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