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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Staying in the Game: MS and Employment

a Publication from the National MS Society

As a complex and unpredictable disease, MS can have varying effects on a person’s ability to work. New symptoms might make you question whether you can continue working and, when those symptoms subside, you might wonder why you were worried about work at all.

People living with MS often continue working long after their diagnosis. On the flip side, some people with MS decide to leave their jobs when they are first diagnosed or experience their first major exacerbation, often at the suggestion of their family or doctor. This decision is often made too quickly and at a time when symptoms can color judgment. Disease-modifying drugs, new technologies, better symptom management, legal employment protections, and community resources can help you remain in the workforce.

Developing and achieving employment goals can be accomplished despite your MS diagnosis.

You may have questions about:

Disclosing Your MS in the Workplace

Should you tell your employer? What effect will it have?

Knowing Your Rights

Understand the legal protections available to you.

Workplace Decisions

Explore employment options and make decisions about your career.

Education and preparation can be your most powerful secret weapon. The National MS Society is here to work with you as you navigate your employment options. We have the resources to add to your employment tool kit:

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1 comment:

Denver Refashionista said...

This is very important info. I know firsthand how this disease can make you question yourself at work. Now I am glad I didn't quit at the first signs of trouble. The MS society has actually been instrumental in my belief that I can keep working one way or another.