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Rebecca Hoover has suggested a new Forum topic where we could write about dealing with MS, alongside such issues as coping with a full time career while raising a family. Where does one go for resources or support when life becomes overwhelming? The sharing of ideas and knowledge of resources could be a big help. It might take a while to take off but since this issue affects so many women with children, it seems having a Forum topic could be a great idea. It would pull people to OMS and facilitate distribution of some badly needed information. And of course it’s not just mothers that need support!

Rebecca asked for feedback from some of the contributors to her blog on this subject:
“I agree. Career, family, kids, healthy eating, exercise, resources. I feel I have to be superwoman with MS. More so now then before I was diagnosed because my future depends on it.”

“This seems like such a big topic to me and so important but I think a section on the Forum for Moms with MS and kids or Parents with MS and kids to discuss such issues would be very helpful. I am guessing.”

Rebecca is one of our guest bloggers on Blog Central, look out for her valuable insights coming up soon!
I agree. Career is one thing that's ignored on MS forums apart from advice mostly on how to stop working. I would like inspiring discussions about changes in life and career. I have seen stories of people leaving high stress jobs to start new careers that gave them pleasure.
Alex

Diagnosis: Jan 2010, OMS April 2010.
I think this is great! Thanks Rebecca & Wendy! I have 2 young children and sometimes struggle with everyday things so it would be nice to hear what everyone else has to say :) It's a wonderful addition!
Dx Dec 2008, DENIAL, OMS Jul 2011, Copaxone Nov 2011.
Alex wrote: Career is one thing that's ignored on MS forums apart from advice mostly on how to stop working. I would like inspiring discussions about changes in life and career. I have seen stories of people leaving high stress jobs to start new careers that gave them pleasure.

But what about PwMS that have hight stress jobs but also love them? That's my dilemma, really...
Great idea for the new forum.

At the moment I'm struggling to fit in starting a new career for myself with having a 4 year old when fatigue and lack of mobility are my main problems.

A career seems to come very low in my priorities but I really want to have one, obviously not as much as I want my health though so it's a tricky one to balance out.

Hearing how others deal with this would be really helpful.

Katie
Hi folks!
I decided to work part-time when we had the kids, then I got MS and eventually I decreased my hours to 16 hours a week, which suits me very well. I work for a university and they are on the whole a very good employer - they are especially good about things like heating - they let me have a special heater if the weather is very cold because they know I am sensitive to cold.
My kids are now 19, 16 and 14 so they are a great help to me now. When they were younger it was much harder for me to cope with all the extra activities etc.although it became easier when I started George Jelinek's diet.
Cheers
Julie
cats wrote:
Alex wrote: Career is one thing that's ignored on MS forums apart from advice mostly on how to stop working. I would like inspiring discussions about changes in life and career. I have seen stories of people leaving high stress jobs to start new careers that gave them pleasure.

But what about PwMS that have hight stress jobs but also love them? That's my dilemma, really...


Why do you love it? Anyway, it depends on the kind of stress and what it does to you. If you don't judge it harmful, it may not be. But be sure you're not burning the candle at both ends.
Alex

Diagnosis: Jan 2010, OMS April 2010.
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