FULL- TIME AND PART- TIME WORK
For the purpose of income security, it is generally a better idea to work full-time until you cannot work anymore and then apply for disability benefits rather than reducing your work to accommodate your disability and applying for insurance afterwards. This is because your disability benefits are based on the number of hours worked or the amount of income you earned previous to leaving work.
Work has many other benefits besides financial ones. These include meeting people’s social needs, adding pleasure to one’s life because of the opportunity to learn new skills, feeling and being productive and giving a sense of purpose to life. However, it must be your decision to determine how much and for how long you can continue working. Think about how MS is affecting your ability to work and your functioning in daily life. For some people, continuing to work may exacerbate their MS; for others, this may not be so. Some people may have debilitating fatigue as a consequence of forcing themselves to work full-time; others may not. You need to do what is best for you in the long term.
Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program MS Society of Canada, BC Division