Victoria Arlen

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Making it to the finals would mean the world to me. Who would've thought the person who was paralyzed a year-and-a-half ago would be dancing in the semifinals? I want to go to the finals, and I want to win.feedback
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Nov 14 2017
We found 11 articles in which Victoria Arlen said something. The most recent Victoria Arlen’s quote is: “Val has shown me I was looking down at my feet but for the first time I'm looking up. I'm holding my head up higher and I'm not worrying about my feet.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Victoria Arlen 38 times. On this page, you will find all of Victoria Arlen’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Oct 03 2017

Even throughout the last like decade, there's been so many times I've been knocked down. I was bullied in high school. I would go through the hallways and be pointed at and laughed at because I was the new kid in a wheelchair. And so I would listen to this song and it kind of motivated me. My legs haven't moved that quick in almost 12 years.feedback

Sep 27 2017

I danced to her song '22' when I turned 22 on my last birthday, so I danced to her yesterday for this birthday.feedback

Sep 26 2017

Two years ago they weren't even moving and now they're tangoing because of Val.feedback

Sep 26 2017

When I was really sick, I loved watching Dancing With the Stars. I've never felt so empowered in my entire life. To be there dancing the tango is mind-blowing.feedback

Sep 26 2017

I'm not really sure. I mean, I have an incredible teacher, Val. He's just really, really shown me far beyond whatever I thought I was capable of doing, whatever I though my legs were cable of doing. Last week was absolutely amazing. I saw footage of me when I was really sick. It was like I was right back there for that moment fighting for survival. I could feel that fight … Standing on that dance floor was like one of those moments where I'm like, wow I'm really glad I lived.feedback

Sep 19 2017

We've been working so hard on this, and it was such a challenging dance. But I did it. I survived and made it. I climbed to the top of the mountain, and my feet did what I needed them to do. It was incredible.feedback

Sep 19 2017

When I was 11 years old, I got very sick and slipped into a vegetative state for four years and was pretty much written off as a lost cause. At the age of 15, I'd started to slowly make my way back into the world and about a year and a half ago, I just started walking after spending 10 years in a wheelchair.feedback

Sep 19 2017

I feel like as much as it was seven years ago, I can go right back there and I saw a particular clip of me in the hospital and suddenly I was right back there trying everything to get something out of my legs. To have watched this show through those challenging times and to finally be here, and then to look over and Val was getting emotional too, I was like, I'm about to dance here in pink fringe and sparkles.' It was just very surreal and incredibly emotional and far beyond anything that I could ever imagine. It was one of those moments where I just thought, I'm really glad I lived.feedback

Sep 19 2017

This is the color of my first wheelchair, my crutches, my leg braces. Everything throughout this journey has been this neon pink and now it's my dancing costume.feedback

Sep 06 2017

When I returned home, I was met with quite a bit of fanfare. All of a sudden, my chair and I were thrust into the spotlight. I was invited to speaking engagements and appearances. People recognized me at the grocery store. I began telling my story to television reporters and newspaper writers, becoming a beacon of hope to so many around the world. But I never lost my hope and vision for getting out of that chair.feedback

Sep 06 2017

Sometimes my recovery and the regimen I have to keep feels like a second job. But it's all worth it. It's been 10 years since I was able to look someone in the eye instead of staring at everyone's butts all day.feedback

Sep 06 2017

As I began to heal from my illness, I came to the sad realization that I would never swim again.feedback

Sep 06 2017

My three brothers – I'm a triplet and we have an older brother – talked to me and kept me in the know about what was going on outside of my room. They empowered me to fight and get stronger. They didn't know I could hear them, but I could.feedback

Sep 06 2017

My back and side ached, so doctors took out my appendix. Then my legs began giving out. My foot dragged. Within two weeks, I lost all feeling and function in my legs. Next, my hands stopped working. I couldn't control my arms, couldn't swallow properly or find the right words when I wanted to speak. It was as if someone was slowly shutting down the switches on the circuit board that controlled my body and brain. I was slowly slipping away from my family.feedback

Sep 06 2017

I haven't stopped since. I sometimes feel like the Will Ferrell character Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights. Without my chair, I don't know what to do with my hands.feedback

Sep 06 2017

It became my refuge. Despite agonizing frustration, I put in everything I had every day, spending thousands of hours working and fighting for one flicker of a sign that my legs were still alive. For the longest time, I didn't see even a twitch of movement below my level of injury.feedback

Sep 06 2017

Then, on Nov. 11, 2015, I took a small step. I was strapped into a harness above a treadmill and two trainers worked to move my legs. It had been six years since I 'woke up' and my legs had shown no life. Most doctors say if there is no improvement after two years, there will be no improvement. Still, I showed up every day, for up to six hours a day, and worked.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Facebook

Slowly over the next year, I began coming back to life. Raw sounds became words, became sentences. A twitch of my index finger became the wave of my hand. The ability to swallow pudding eventually led to me mowing on a steak. I learned the name Justin Bieber, held my first cell phone and learned what it meant to 'poke' someone on Facebook.feedback

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