New diagnosis and stopping work

New diagnosis and stopping work

On 30th December 2010 I was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting MS. Seven years later, my diagnosis was revised, unfortunately, to progressive MS.

This, although a serious blow to my physical health, wasn’t a complete surprise to me. I was previously diagnosed with a form of the condition, although I didn’t relapse. So perhaps I’d been progressing, undiagnosed, for a while. This made sense to me.

There are many things I could say about the psychological impact of my new circumstance, although perhaps this isn’t the place.

Instead I’ll talk about what I did the day after my diagnosis. I quit work! I thought I really need to concentrate on my health now, at least for the time being.

To be fair, work were great. They offered to support me, both financially and emotionally, which I was very grateful for. To name check them, they are Jo Stafford and Lesley Edwards. I remain very grateful to you and whilst I missed my colleagues, this felt like the right decision at the time. Thank you.