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After falling into a vegetative state at just 11, Arlen Victoria was presumed to be lost. But that was until she found the courage to fight back and become an athletic superstar.
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When Victoria Arlen was eleven years old, she contracted two rare diseases simultaneously and fell into a mysterious vegetative state. For two years her mind was dark, but in the third year, her mind broke free, and she was able to think clearly and to hear and feel everything—but no one knew.
When she was fifteen years old, against all odds and medical predictions, she was finally able to communicate through eye blinks, and she gradually regained her ability to speak and eat and move her upper body, but she faced the devastating reality of paralysis from the waist down because of damage to her spine. However, Victoria didn't lose her strength or steadfast determination, and two years later, she won a gold medal for swimming at the London 2012 Paralympics.
In Locked In, Victoria shares her never-before-published story—the pain, the struggle, the fight to live and thrive, and most importantly, the faith that carried her through. Her journey was not easy, but by believing in God's healing power and forgiveness, she is living proof that, despite seemingly insurmountable odds and challenges, the will to survive and resolve to live can be a force stronger than our worst deterrents.
Not many people get a second chance at life like Victoria has, and she made a promise to God that she would make every moment count.
Locked In by Arlen Victoria was published by Authentic in March 2019 and is our 2679th best seller. The ISBN for Locked In is 9781788930673.
Foreword by Valentine Chmerkovskiy
1. How did I get here? - January 2009
2. It's all in your head - April to July 2006
3. Hell - Early August 2006
4. Darkness - Late August 2006 to December 2008
5. Breaking Free - January 2009
6. Awake...and back to hell - September 2009 to November 2009
7. Blink of hope - November 2009 to August 2010
8. The spotlight of success - August 2010 to September 2011
9. From breaking records to near defeat - June 2012 to September 2012
10. Splash! - September 2012 to June 2013
11. This could have been avoided - June 2013
12. Exhilaration and defeat on the world stage - August 2013 to September 2013
13. My almost quarter-life crisis - September 2013 to April 2015
14. Da na, na, na. na, na, na (ESPN) - March 2014 to December 2015
15. Back on my feet—literally - November 2015 to March 216
16. The promise - 2017
17. Victory dance - September 18, 2017
Victoria Arlen’s life drastically changed in 2006 when she developed two rare conditions known as Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. In 2010 after almost four years, she began the fight back to life, learning how to speak, eat, and move all over again. She not only recovered, but she has since become an accomplished motivational speaker, actress, model, and swimmer. She has won three Silver medals and a Gold medal for swimming from the London 2012 Paralympic Games and has broken multiple World, American, and Pan American records. In April 2015, she joined ESPN as one of the youngest on-air talents hired by the company, reporting for espnW, X Games, and Sportscenter across all platforms. She has become world famous not only for her story and accomplishments, but for her message, “Face It, Embrace It, Defy It, Conquer It.” She is the author of Locked In.
|Author / Artist||Arlen Victoria|
|Publisher||Authentic (March 2019)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||19th March 2019|