Last reply 5 months ago
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Hey everyone,

I am always looking to meet new people.

I have had MS for 8/9 years…I was diagnosed at 18 year old… although symptoms started at around 16 years old… I am currently 26 but turning 27 in April…I have RRMS and my right side is mostly affected and also happened to be my dominant side… I am currently on Long Term Disability from working as an educator as I’m an Early Childhood Educator… I’d much rather work one on one with a child with special needs… as in switching my field to either being a therapist or counsellor for children with special needs… I am currently taking Copaxone after starting with Rebif and had taken that for 7 years… I switched because of worsening of depression… I am off of work due to depression and anxiety not primarily MS but my weak right side was affecting me at work.

Looking for some people who would like to chat or meet up to discuss this MonSter.

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5 months ago

Hi @jaycee_hagarty and welcome.

Well, you’ve just met quite a few like-minded people from around the world. We understand the impact that MS can have on us, but we can still achieve. It may not be in the way we first planned, but our aspirations can still be fulfilled.

We just have to keep anxiety and depression under control and locked away. Yes, we can still feel sorry for ourselves. MS is a huge burden. But, we need to keep these pity-parties to a minimum and keep them to ourselves. Then we can regain our sense of perspective and carry on.

5 months ago

@jaycee_hagarty welcome MonSter is a good way to put it

5 months ago

Hello @jaycee_hagarty, welcome to Shift. I’ve been in special needs education for many years. I’m not in Canada but I’m sure that there are great routes into retraining in counselling. Play therapy might be a good fit, given your experience. Or, you could train as a dyslexia specialist; although Early Years is too young for diagnosis, the skills you would develop in literacy would be highly transferable. You could also set yourself up as a private tutor. Good luck with your plans!

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