As someone who deals with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, I know what it means to be blindsided by a medical issue, and to be left asking, "Now what? What does this mean for my career, and for my life?" And when you work for someone else, not knowing the answers to those questions can become even more challenging. The following are a few helpful details, as a well as links to sites offering information and support. -Elizabeth Peck
Do you need to stop working?
MS can be unpredictable, and has varying effects on each person who has it. New symptoms can suddenly pop up, leaving you to question your abilities. Then, those symptoms can leave just as quickly, making your wonder why you had questions in the first place. The good news is that lots of people continue working and achieving long after a positive diagnosis. Having the right support can make a big difference, whether it's in the areas of medication, symptom management, legal services or the MS community.
Do you need to share your diagnosis with your employer?
Disclosing this information is a personal decision. It is important to keep in mind that saying something could have an effect on your situation now as well as in the future. For this reason, a snap decision is rarely a good idea. Should your condition put you in a situation where you need to get a particular accommodation to continue working, it's a good idea to be aware of what legal protections are available to you.
Where can you find more information?
The links below offer information on various topics related to MS, including diet, community, research, insurance, workouts and walkathons.