Recently I was very touched by the story of Victoria Arlen, the girl that was paralysed for 10 years, but never gave up and went on to walking, talking and becoming a professional athlete. With her incredible story she showed me how persistence is the key for success. Victoria showed how with persistence we can win.
She was only 11 years old, very active and energetic little girl, into every sport really, when she contracted a rare spine disease. It paralysed her from her waist down. She spent 4 years in coma. She lost ability to speak, eat, move and function normally. She was in vegetative state and locked in. Which means knowing what is going on, but unable to communicate it. Typically, doctors had little hope for her recovery and had written her off.
But her family stayed strong. They felt otherwise. They had FAITH and believed in her.
Victoria, when things got really tough, a living nightmare, when no one could hear her, thought to herself: “well, I have no one to talk to, to rely on, but you Lord! It is just YOU and ME”. She trusted him, she was trying to find one positive thing a day to hang on to and to be grateful for and believing that her dreams and goals are yet to be fulfilled.
She was dying to live.
Her young age, her tenacity to discover this whole interesting world that she so much wanted to be a part of, made her to make a pact with God, that if he gives her the chance not only to live and get better but a 100% strength back, she will use this story and this promise to change the world, to use her test and change it into the testimony.
Her persistence and the persistence of her family to bring her back defeated every odds and changed into victory. It was her and their strong desire combined with the willpower to win, persistently applied day by day that were bountifully rewarded and now Victoria is not only talking, eating, walking or swimming, she is competing and winning in Paralympics.
Victoria is my hero. Her family are my heros. They showed me how their persistence is the key for success, they showed me how if you have faith, you can achieve anything you set yourself to achieve. The sky’s the limit. They truly believed it and their faith and persistence have paid off.
Persistence is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting desire into its physical equivalent. And Victoria and her family showed and proved just that.
I’ll never forget this strong and inspiring story. She showed her commitment not only to recover but to live her life as it was her last day and squeezes every drop and every ounce of passion out of it.
And the most empowering message her story carries is that it’s never what happens to us in life, but what we choose to do with it that makes a difference.
I am most humbled to listen, watch and follow Victoria’s story. She touched my heart and influenced my life with her attitude so much, that her message is strongly coded into my DNA now. She is my HERO!!!
“Face it. Embrace it. Defy it. Conquer it.”
“There is life out there worth living!”
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