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I’ve Just Been Diagnosed, So I Quit My Job??

I’ve Just Been Diagnosed, So I Quit My Job??

I’m a high school teacher and a swim coach. I work at least 10 hours a day and have tons of time outside of school where I’m grading essays, building curriculum, going to swim meets all weekend, etc.
Teaching during this pandemic has been a nightmare and lately all we (teachers) ever hear is negative backlash from our community and politicians which makes it so much more stressful! So my question for everyone is, do I keep working??

A MyMSTeam Member said:

I was a high school English teacher when I was dx. I worked for about 4 or 5 years. I would cut back, but it's up to you. I disclosed to my principal because I'd already had a student ask if I was drunk, and I thought it was better he knew I was sick rather than chemically altered. He also could stop the rumor mill. Kids were amazingly helpful too. Everyone's MS is different, so it's not something anyone can really advise you about. MS for Dummies is a book that helped me.

posted 7 months ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

I have been a police officer for 16 years and was diagnosed 3 years ago. My hours rotate between night and day shift every 2 weeks. My responsibilities are incredibly demaning on and off duty. So i can relate. Being able to finish my career and retire after 25 years is something thats drives me to push through my rough days. I say, keep pushing and be strong. Your career is important.

posted 7 months ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Thank you guys! I’m definitely looking into taking short term disability until I can start some sort of treatment.
I do love my kids and know how important my job is but definitely need to start treatment so that I’m hopefully not showing any symptoms for my wedding that is this spring.

posted 7 months ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Stress can cause other symptoms..but work as long as you can. I work in the legal field and it can be too much at times, but I’m still doing it. Don’t quit until you find something else

posted 7 months ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Also, I know it's hard to see at present but you're the exact same person you were the day before you received the MS diagnosis. I know that realization took me months but once I found that to be true. Sure, I'm facing a bevy of new challenges post diagnosis but my mom told me not to expect life to be "fair" but to keep fighting until you just can't anymore.

posted 7 months ago
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