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

Eric
Diagnosed in 2004

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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 – and 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.

Know Your Rights

Understanding the legal protections available to you is one way to help you maintain your place in the workforce. These resources will help you understand your rights:

Employment Matters: Managing MS in the Workplace
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