DWTS’s Victoria Arlen Thought She Wouldn’t Make It to Her 16th Birthday After She Was Paralyzed By a Rare Condition

 

Victoria Arlen didn’t think she’d live to see age 16.

As she lay paralyzed in a hospital bed due to the effects of a rare autoimmune disease that left her bedridden for four years, the teen mentally prepared to die.

“You know when you’re fading away, and I just knew,” the ESPN host and Dancing with the Stars contestant says in the current issue of PEOPLE. “I couldn’t communicate, but in my own way I had to say goodbye to my family.”

But just three months after turning 15, Arlen woke up to find she’d regained control of her eyes.

“From there it was miracle after miracle,” she says of regaining feeling in the upper half of her body.

(Dr. Michael Levy, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins who has treated Arlen, says only a third of patients recover from transverse myelitis like Alren has. Dr. Levy says Arlen’s age and overall good health prior to her transverse myelitis episode was a major factor in her ability to recover.)

For more from Alren — including how she survived two years conscious but unable to move — pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Ready to make up for lost time, Arlen set lofty goals for herself: first winning gold as a swimmer at the 2012 Paralympic games in London and then defying her doctors’ expectations by learning to walk again.

The latter goal wouldn’t be achieved until November 2015 after months of intense physical therapy, but that triumph allowed Arlen to set her sights on fulfilling her childhood dream of competing on Dancing with the Stars.

“This is the first year that I’m not fighting to get back what was taken away from me,” says Arlen, who spent her 23rd birthday dancing a rumba with Valentin Chmerkovskiy on the Sept. 26 episode of the ABC reality dance competition. “This is the first year that I can finally just live — and I’m going to make it a full life.”


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Victoria And David Beckham Celebrate 16th Wedding Anniversary On Instagram

While Americans were celebrating the Fourth of July, the U.K.’s favorite celebrity couple was honoring another milestone.

Victoria and David Beckham took to social media on Saturday to celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary. The current Vogue Australia cover star, 41, posted a photo of her family with the caption, “Happy anniversary, I love u so much x I’m so proud of our beautiful family x.” The fashion designer posed in the photo alongside her husband and their children, Romeo, 12, Cruz, 10, daughter Harper, 3, and Brooklyn, 16.

Happy anniversary, I love u so much x I’m so proud of our beautiful family x

A photo posted by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on


The soccer star, 40, also took to Instagram to celebrate his marriage. He posted a throwback photo of himself and his wife with the caption, “16 years ago today was our special day… 16 years on we have our beautiful children… Thank you for giving me our amazing little ones …. Happy anniversary ❤️.”


The couple’s oldest son, Brooklyn, celebrated his parents with a throwback photo from their wedding day. The couple got married on July 4, 1999, at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, where the 4-month-old Brooklyn was the ring bearer.

Happy anniversary. Love u

A photo posted by Brooklyn Beckham (@brooklynbeckham) on


Happy anniversary!

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