I, Daniel Derck, lived the life of a regular, fun loving college kid in Atlanta, Georgia until Wham! Everything changed in a flash when I was hit by a van in July of 1988. I was slammed into a bridge abutment. I woke up from a coma close to 3 months later. Rehab became my initial life, BUT due to my extensive injuries, rehabilitation did not give me my body or my life back. LOTS of money later, I was in a conundrum for my future.
I landed in Ohio to begin living the life of a young man with severe physical disabilities. I was and still am in a wheelchair. I have a severe speech impediment that leaves me coming off as unintelligible. I have a traumatic brain injury. As you see, when my good mind that is still intact is operating just fine, short circuits come my way making me choose wrong words, forget things and process info like it’s going through an obstacle course. My brain is like a computer that has been infected with a bunch of viruses. It might work ok, until it doesn’t and then you’re screwed. I can’t make a living being the gorgeous Fella I am either. This all takes a toll on ones sense of worth. Just when I felt all was forever lost, circumstances ( I say God), brought PC Workshop into my life.( Alias personal computer workshop.) They treated me with dignity and respect and value that I thought I had lost as a whole. Most people and places cannot get past my complicated issues. I am difficult to navigate. people need to piece me together. My mind. My body. My soul. I am a big puzzle that will never be put together ever again. PC Workshop people showed me there is hope. I felt I could contribute to society. I felt the value again that I had so longed for. They are now assisting me with bringing the artistic designs I have in my mind to life. They help me breathe life into my designs so I can share them with others. I am not just a broken man anymore. I hope the designs I have lurking in my mind will inspire those who come upon them. I reminisce of my Uncle Terry who showed me so much love and happiness. He has been long gone. He always said ONE DAY AT A TIME. That is my theme for life.... And my designs. The Sunshine line.... to bring a ray of hope to those who feel hopeless. I found God much like I found PC Workshop. more to come on all of that ! Until then, ponder my Sunshine line and remember ONE DAY AT A TIME.
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