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Life after work: how did you manage the change?

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Here at the MS Trust we are currently busy preparing the next issue of our quarterly newsletter, Open Door. The new issue, due out in August, has a feature on the changing world of work, exploring the various employment options open to you when you are diagnosed with MS.

We have an article by a person with MS who fought back against workplace bullying and we speak to an HR manager who was diagnosed with MS about her perspective on employment issues. We also have a feature on organisations that can help you, from providing advice, to helping you make adjustments to continue to work, or even supporting you if you decide to become self-employed.

One aspect of work and MS that is relatively underdiscussed is life after work. As much as most people would like to continue to work for as long as possible, there comes a point when some will have to think about giving up their job, and this can be a very difficult adjustment to make, financially, emotionally and psychologically.

If you have been through this experience we’d like to hear your thoughts. What was the hardest part about giving up work? Have there been positive aspects to the change? What do you know now that you wish you’d known then? And what advice would give to people considering leaving their job because of MS? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll feature a selection of the comments in our Open Door article. If you’d prefer you can email us with your thoughts.

If you don’t already receive Open Door you can see back issues online and find out how you can subscribe here.