Real employment stories

Hear from real people sharing their personal stories of living with multiple sclerosis and how this impacted their working life. Remember we are here to help you succeed at work, whether that is staying in your current role or finding a new job. 


Melita’s story



Melita is a senior research fellow with a PhD and more than 50 publications under her belt, who is currently leading several large research studies. She loves her work in this challenging and rewarding career and has two gorgeous kids at home. So why would she engage the MS Employment Support Service for assistance?

After Melita was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2008, a year after her first son was born, she had to work around symptoms including cognitive fog, fatigue and nerve pain while completing her PhD.

“I work across several locations and travel frequently. The visits to collaborators or conferences can be particularly fatiguing. That fatigue often rolls over into several days, which affects my capacity to work, but more importantly affects the time I should be enjoying with my family.”

Melita contacted the MS Employment Support Service to better manage her fatigue. After an initial consultation she was able to receive a fully funded workstation to enable her to work remotely. 

“I work one day a week from home now, which means I’m spending less time commuting and less time getting ready to go into the office. Working at home means I have fewer interruptions, so I’m often more productive at home than I am in the office, and at the end of the day I have more time and energy for my family!”

You can read Melita’s full story in the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of InTouch.
 

Nina’s story



Working as a Garment Technician, Nina is often measuring and assessing sample garments. Having difficulty with the movement in her right hand was making her job exceedingly difficult to perform.

Reaching a point where she felt like she needed to speak up, Nina approached her manager and they contacted MS together to see what support was out there.

Since contacting the MS Employment Support Service, Nina’s work life has improved drastically. She has been set up with a roller mouse for her computer that allows her to use both hands, and she’s learnt how to use voice recognition software which lets her dictate words instead of manually typing into her keyboard.

Mali, Nina’s MS Employment Support Service consultant has also organised ergonomic equipment which lets Nina measure garments more efficiently and easily.

Tim’s story


It was in 2008, soon after Tim had proposed to his wife and was enjoying his football career, when he noticed his first symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Blurred vision turned into double vision and before long numbness started to set in. Cleverly Tim diversified his professional life and changed roles to a high profile role with an international airline carrier requiring less mobility and continues his passion for sport, when he took up wheelchair basketball. Trying to hide the symptoms at work became increasingly hard for Tim, who soon after, contacted MS Employment Support. Our team talked to his employer and they all worked together to allow Tim to reach his full potential, as well as provide him with a wheelchair to combat his impaired balance and fatigue.


What others are saying

“Personal experience- I received training - and help with resume - and obtained a job - so very happy with the service”

“I'm still working because of this service. The support and feedback has been priceless to me. I'm even thinking of moving ahead with my career now.”

“The service is fantastic! Extremely helpful & has made my working life much more manageable”

“There support and assistance is very much appreciated and because of them, I am still employed”

“You’re service and employment support person has enabled me to continue working. I am very grateful for the services and support, Thankyou”

“I have just retired and could have not worked for last few years without MS Employment Service!!!”

Source MS Employment Support Service NPS Results Survey 2018

 

The MS Employment Support Service can help you succeed at work, whether that’s staying in your current role or finding new employment. Contact MS Connect™ today on 1800 042 138 or msconnect@ms.org.au to find out how we can help you take control of your working life.




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