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Should I stop working if I've been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?

Approximately 60% of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) are working when they receive the diagnosis. Often, this is a time when their careers are beginning to solidify. Unfortunately, caring friends, relatives, and sometimes medical professionals may immediately suggest that people with MS should stop working because “it is too stressful.”

This is not the best option for everyone. Work means many things to people. It gives us a purposeful meaning to our lives, provides financial security for those of us who aren’t independently wealthy, fosters our self-worth, provides challenge and focus, and can be a positive distraction from the negative aspects of MS. Rather than taking yourself out of the workplace to avoid stress, what about finding the perfect job/career/workplace that does not lead to stress? Why not a career transition instead?

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