Last reply 8 years ago
Positive back to work stories?

I’ve been unemployed for too long now and I’m looking to get back into the world of work, but I keep hearing about these horror MS/work stories and its really knocking my self confidence.

Does anyone have any positive workplace stories connected with their MS they care to share? A story about you starting a new job that went well would be all the better.

Thanks for any of your replies 🙂

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8 years ago

Everyone’s work experience is unique to the individual, so shouldn’t have be any reflection on what may happen to you. If you find the right job, your experience may be great 🙂

I was very fortunate at work since my office is right by the National hospital in Queens Square and when I started there, my MS only stopped me typing with both hands, but over the years has resulted in me going part-time and using a wheelchair now. I guess I was in the right job at the right time and there’s no reason why anyone else can’t be as fortunate

8 years ago

hi @gav. i returned to work very frightened and the eagerness to return back to normality… i work for social services and the care and positive attitude i received from my peers was very humbling. it has made all the difference to my bounce back to normality. i love the fact that we all moan about our normal stuff and im not frightened to say anything to them. granted i know them all well, but i was still frightened when i returned. the worry was all about me not them… could i do my job? could i remember details? could i make my own coffee and bring it back to my desk without stumbling? could i go out for lunch without falling over? normal fears that we all carry… but i got through it and i feel it was all down to their support.
hope it all goes well… im sending positive thoughts xxx

8 years ago

Hi gav, I’ve just returned to my job this week after being off since November. I’m not diagnosed at the moment but they know it’s on the cards. So far so good but obviously I can’t predict the future but my managers etc know that ms is on the cards. I was petrified going back but once I got this 1st week over I have been so proud of myself & didn’t think I had the courage to return after such a longtime. If there comes a time when I can’t go etc, I at least know I pushed myself through my fears x

8 years ago

Hi Gav
I’m hoping that by trusting my self and being positive that when I go back to work it’ll be fine. If you want to go back to working life then use that determination and I’m sure you’ll be ale to do it! That’s made me sound like a hippy but that’s my plan- MS will not stop me from earning and having a career! I hope ou find work soon 🙂 xxx

8 years ago

My story is slighlty different. Have not worked since last Sept when I had my first relapse. So decided that I am going to follow my dream in nutrition. I am now a qualified nutritionist and have set up my own consultancy. I am my own boss now which is great. I know MS is so unpredictable and I just dont want to work for anyone else now. Hopefully it will take off! x

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