Having a job matters. Most obviously, employment provides the economic resources that people need to more easily manage every other aspect of their lives. Perhaps less obviously, we tend to define ourselves through our work. And without work, we not only face potential economic hardship, we sometimes lose that inner sense of purpose or identity…of understanding who we are.
The majority of people living with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 45. And these are the years when you're often focused on building a career and increasing your earning power. Many people living with MS decide to leave the workforce prematurely because they aren't aware of all their employment-related options. Like so many other aspects of living with multiple sclerosis, managing your employment requires a strategy.
My guest is employment and disability expert Dr. Phillip Rumrill, and we're devoting this entire episode of RealTalk MS to talk about the many aspects of unemployment that people living with MS need to know about.
We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!
(If you'd like a little more to talk about, don't miss Episode #1 of The MS Caregiver Conundrum. This week's guest is Kate Washington, author of Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America.)
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RealTalk MS Episode 211
Guest: Dr. Phillip Rumrill
Tags: MS, MultipleSclerosis, MSResearch, MSSociety, Caregiving RealTalkMS