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Managing grad school and MS at the same time
December 10, 2013
Earlier this year, I applied for graduate school and I just found out I've been accepted. At first I was really excited, but now I'm scared to go.
My MS has been getting worse lately, to the point where I can barely walk right now. How am I supposed to handle going to class and studying? What if MS starts to affect my memory too? I'm worried that if I go to school, my MS will eventually force me to drop out. What should I do?
– Worried About Getting Through Grad School
Nurse Susan replies:
I think you should live your life. I know it feels scary, but going to grad school would be a big leap for anyone. For some people, stress can trigger MS symptoms. Now that you have been accepted, some of the recent issues you're having may have to do with stressing over the decision.
There are a few things you can do that might help you be more successful at school. See if there are some classes you can take online. That way, you won't have to make the physical trip to campus as often. It's also important to be proactive about your health by following the treatment plan you develop with your doctor. And, if your symptoms flare up and you have to miss class, just do your best to catch up when you're able. You can also—and this is a very personal issue, so it's entirely your decision—speak with a counselor at the school to let them know that you have MS. Tell them you're fearful you may have challenges from time to time, and ask if they might be willing to work with you.
The whole secret to living is making choices and working one day at a time. If you're going to worry about all the “what ifs” in terms of your MS, you'll never get to experience anything at all. Don't focus on what may happen. Focus on what is happening. You've been accepted to grad school. Get out there and enjoy yourself.
— Nurse Susan, MS One to One® Nurse
Helping since 2012