Oh the irony... After spending years daydreaming about my characters suffering from car accidents, I am actually experiencing one of those horror stories for real. To cut the long story short, I was struck by a car while standing in the shoulder lane. The impact threw me over a cement wall/barrier. My injuries include two broken legs, broken right arm, knee ligament tears, and nerve damage in right arm.  I actually have a total of seven fractures, but I can't remember all of those crazy scientific names. Two months have passed since then, and I'm still in a rehab center working to regain my walking ability. Although each step is very painful, I should be able to make a full recovery.

This experience has changed me in a lot of ways. As I see victims of accidents work hard in rehab everyday, I feel more and more inspired to go into Nursing or Occupational Therapy. I desire to help people who are going through the same thing. I'm also daydreaming far less than I used to. This surprised me because I expected my daydreams to work like a coping mechanism, as a means to escape the harshness of reality. But for the past two months, I have had it completely under control. I just focus on therapy, socializing, and planning my future during the day, and daydream a few minutes before bed at night. It doesn't pop out of nowhere or feel addicting anymore--I choose to daydream for having a little bit of  fun. I've gone many days and nights without daydreaming about my characters at all!

To be honest, I no longer think of myself as having MD or being a Maladaptive Daydreamer, which is probably a great way to overcome it anyway. Sure, my daydreams had taken a large chunk of my life away and frustrated me to tears. But now I'm prioritizing and motivating myself so well that I can't imagine letting myself go like that ever again. I have way more important things to focus on that make me a happier person. I feel way more grateful for the things I had taken for granted, like walking and doing things independently. I can't wait to get back to normal so that I can live in the real world at my fullest. Surviving this accident feels like getting a second chance to do things better. :)

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Comment by KwanKwan on November 7, 2013 at 4:21pm

i wish you all the best in your recovery. and i'm soo glad to hear that you now have focus in ur life and are not maladaptively daydreaming anymore.

Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on November 6, 2013 at 6:45pm

*huggles back and positive, healing energy*  

Comment by Laila on November 6, 2013 at 6:40pm

Thanks Cordellia!! *huggles*

Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on November 6, 2013 at 6:34pm

Indeed, if it no longer negatively affects your life, your daydreaming may no longer be "maladaptive."  I'm so sorry for your struggle, but I'm also inspired by how it has affected you and your outlook.  Keep doing your best to recover.  We're behind you every step of the way.  Thanks for sharing.  

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