Living Like You blogger, Jamie, has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for five years. Read how she celebrated her 5-year mark.read more
“Hey, all I really want is a job!” That’s what I thought when I got my 1,000th rejection. Okay, it wasn’t as many as that, but it sure felt like it. I had once again failed and it was frustrating.
Finding a job, getting it and keeping it is not always easy for those of us living with MS. But like anyone else, we want to be successful, have fun and live independently. And a job allows us to do that. It allows us to live life to the fullest and do the same things a person not living with MS does.
But it’s not just about money. For me, working distracts me from my usual concerns and helps me keep a positive attitude. Emma Rogan of European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) agrees. She thinks it’s especially important for young people living with MS to have a good job, and believes the more we work and feel integrated with others, the better we can maintain social contacts and enjoy a certain independence.
But what happens when we feel like our MS is simply getting in the way of us being able to find a job? We’ve all had those moments. But remember, while it may not always seem like the case, we have the same rights as everyone else. So then what’s stopping us?
Have you ever considered this? Perhaps part of the struggle is that us young people living with MS lack the confidence and support that we need?
That’s why EMSP launched “Believe and Achieve”, a program designed to help young people living with MS promote and demonstrate the importance of their contribution in the workplace. Young people are well-trained, motivated and committed. And it’s a program like this that reinforces engagement among young people living with MS. That includes me, too!
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