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Locked In

Narrated by: Victoria Arlen
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Summary

ESPN personality and Paralympics champion Victoria Arlen shares her courageous and miraculous story of recovery after falling into a mysterious vegetative state at age 11 and how she broke free, overcoming the odds and never giving up hope, eventually living a full and inspiring life.

When Victoria Arlen was 11 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 15 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Victoria Arlen (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Inspiring

A heartbreakingly inspiring story, going against the odds but a huge fighting spirit. Truly remarkable.

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  • Sharon
  • 29-08-18

I hate reading, but finished in 25 hours

I absolutely hate reading!! I barely made it out of high school English class! However, after watching Victoria on DWTS and learning about her incredible journey, when she announced her book I though ok, “I’ll get it, probably make it 1/3 through and loose interest like everything else.” I pre ordered it before it was even released. When it arrived on release day I sat down and started reading/listening to it as soon as I got home from work. (I had both hard copy and audible) I read for 2.5 hours straight before it was so late I needed to go to bed! The next morning I continued to listen to it on my way to work and my way home that evening. When I came home I sat down and went straight back to reading! This book is incredible!!! Her story is so incredibly inspiring, and heartbreaking, and powerful! Defiantly gives you all the feels!!
Victoria, I thank you! You have truly impacted my life in a way I didn’t know was possible!
Thank you!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-18

Amazing story

Amazing truly inspirational story, and I can relate to a few parts being a fellow TM patient

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  • Camping Bs
  • 24-10-19

inspiration and long windedness

Victoria Arlen has a heart breaking and triumphant story. I wish she had a editor. I also wonder if Joel Osteen gets more than 10% of the earned income.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-19

Powerful and inspiring

This book is incredible as it walks you through the beautiful and tragic journey of Victoria Arlen. It is a cry for justice and the depiction of God’s miraculous love as she overcomes the unthinkable illness, abuse and neglect into hopeful triumph, defeating odd after odd. Such a good book. Wish I could know the author personally.

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  • Mike Fohner
  • 06-01-19

Equipped

This book will help equip you to handle the crisis when life hits hard. Great book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-11-18

Soul Touching

Powerful, uplifting, eye opening, spiritual and an Happy Ending. We all should fight for what our GOD has meant for us...

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  • Coryn_Wodecki
  • 09-11-18

MUST READ!!!

Absolutely loved this book! Victoria Arlen is an amazing young woman who has gone through a terrible tragedy and yet she always keeps on fighting, no matter the odds stacked against her! This book has been a tremendous pleasure to read!

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  • 07-11-18

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This book is full of false humility and self importance. What could have been a compelling story was a continuous repeating droning on about how wonderful Victoria Arlen believes herself to be.

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  • Missy
  • 07-10-18

Hope to all who struggle physically & spiritually

very inspiring and gives hope to others who are struggling spiritually! This story is a gift of strength, fortitude, and resilience!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-18

Amazing story

Victoria’s story is amazing and inspirational. I almost cried at several points throughout this book. Victoria isn’t a professional author, so this doesn’t read as smoothly as a well polished novel (as other reviewers have pointed out). But I’d rather sacrifice that to hear the story on her own words and from her own voice. I highly recommend this book!