I Fell On My Head And Became A Genius – MSA Animation stories

From Dumb Sister to Math Genius: My Journey with Savant Syndrome

This is the story of Christina, a young woman who went from feeling like the “dumb sister” to becoming a math prodigy after a head injury triggered a rare condition known as Savant Syndrome. Through her journey of self-discovery, family struggles, and unexpected talents, Christina shares how she learned to embrace her unique abilities and find her own path to happiness.

What was your childhood like growing up with your twin sister Nadia?

My childhood with Nadia was filled with laughter, shared interests, and a strong bond. We did everything together, from watching cartoons to wearing matching clothes. However, as we grew older, we started to develop our own individual interests and paths.

Growing Apart

  • As we entered fifth grade, it became evident that Nadia was excelling academically, while I struggled to keep up.
  • Mom’s constant praise of Nadia’s achievements and additional attention towards her academic pursuits made me feel inadequate.
  • Our once inseparable bond began to weaken as our differences became more pronounced.

How did your relationship with your mother change as you and Nadia grew up?

As Nadia’s academic prowess became more apparent, my relationship with our mother underwent a significant transformation. Mom’s focus on Nadia’s achievements led to a strained dynamic between us, impacting our family dynamics and my own self-esteem.

Increasing Distance

As Nadia’s study sessions grew longer and my playtime with her diminished, I began to feel increasingly isolated and overlooked by our mother.

Struggling for Recognition

  • Mom’s preference for Nadia’s company and academic achievements left me feeling neglected and unimportant.
  • Her constant comparisons between us and the additional chores assigned to me created a sense of unfair treatment.
  • This growing divide ultimately led to a significant impact on our family, culminating in our parents’ separation.

What happened when your parents got divorced and you moved in with your dad?

After our parents’ separation, I moved in with Dad, leaving behind the familiar comfort of our family home. Adjusting to a new living arrangement and the absence of Mom’s presence was challenging, but it also provided a fresh perspective and a chance to redefine my identity outside of the shadow of my sister.

How did you feel being constantly compared to your sister at school?

Being constantly compared to Nadia at school was disheartening and frustrating. It felt like I was always living in her shadow, with my own abilities and potential overlooked. The constant pity and low expectations from others only added to the pressure and made it difficult to break free from the “dumb sister” label.

What was your relationship like with your sister Nadia after she went away to a special school?

After Nadia went to the special school, our relationship grew distant. I missed her presence, even though we had drifted apart. Despite the separation, she remained my twin, and her absence was deeply felt. When I visited Mom’s place, it became evident that she was wrapped up in her own world, and the lack of family photos featuring just me was noticeable.

What happened when you started developing a passion for flowers?

After the accident, I discovered a newfound passion for flowers. I found solace and joy in their vibrant colors and delicate beauty. It became my personal mission to bring life and positivity into my surroundings through these blossoms.

Discovering Mrs. Garcia’s Flower Shop

During a visit to the flower shop, I encountered Mrs. Garcia, a remarkable woman who exuded warmth and kindness. Her wheelchair didn’t hinder her infectious spirit as she artfully arranged bouquets, offering me the brightest bunch and encouraging me to choose whatever brought a smile to my face.

A Life-Altering Incident

  • Unfortunately, a moment of distraction led to a life-altering incident when I was knocked over by a bike, resulting in a significant head injury.
  • Upon regaining consciousness, I noticed a remarkable shift in my perception and cognitive abilities, marking the beginning of a remarkable transformation.

How did your life change after you hit your head in an accident?

The accident triggered an unexpected and profound change in my cognitive abilities. Suddenly, I found myself perceiving the world in a completely different light, with newfound insights and capabilities that seemed to emerge from the depths of my mind.

An Unforeseen Revelation

As I returned home and observed the flowers in my room, I experienced a heightened sense of connection with their intricate patterns, prompting me to delve into drawing and recognizing mathematical patterns within them.

A Startling Transformation

  • My ability to comprehend complex mathematical equations, which once appeared as inscrutable codes, was now within my grasp, leading to a profound realization that my brain had seemingly undergone a remarkable transformation.
  • Despite the initial disbelief, both my sister and mother were astonished by my newfound mathematical prowess, signaling a significant shift in my cognitive abilities.

What was your mother’s reaction when she discovered your newfound math abilities?

When my mother discovered my newfound math abilities, she barely acknowledged my dad and sister and focused solely on me, presenting me with a stack of papers for a test. After examining the papers, she expressed her determination to ensure that my gift didn’t go to waste, claiming that I might have acquired Savant syndrome. This unexpected attention from her left me feeling both excited and apprehensive about the sudden shift in her behavior and expectations.

How did your relationship with your sister Nadia evolve as you excelled in school?

As I began excelling in school, my relationship with my sister Nadia evolved in unexpected ways. Despite the initial tension and competition, I found myself surpassing Nadia academically, leading to a significant shift in our dynamic. However, this newfound success also brought to light the strained relationship between Nadia and our mother, as I overheard a heated argument between them that shed light on the pressure Nadia faced and the impact of our mother’s expectations on her. This revelation deepened my understanding of the complexities within our family and the challenges we both faced in our pursuit of academic success.

What made you decide to finally stand up to your mother and her expectations?

After receiving overwhelming praise and validation for my math abilities, I realized that it didn’t bring me the fulfillment I had hoped for. It was during a visit to my dad and a conversation with Mrs. Garcia that I had a profound realization about the importance of being true to myself. I understood that being myself was enough, and I didn’t need to constantly strive for external validation. Witnessing Nadia’s unhappiness and realizing the impact of our mother’s expectations on both of us prompted me to take a stand. I made the decision to confront my mother during a live TV interview, expressing my dissatisfaction with the pressure and expectations placed on us, and ultimately, I took action to reclaim our autonomy and pursue our own paths to happiness.