Hello all! I am a 4th grade teacher who was just recently diagnosed. My question is.... did you tell your students about MS? I feel like I should tell them simply because they know I have been through a gamut amount of testing in the last few weeks. I have told my principal and she has been very generous with helping getting coverage for classes, so I do not have to take off. I was thinking of asking the school counselor to assist me, but I am looking for suggestions of the best way to tackle this!
That's a personal choice. My husband and I coach soccer. We had to tell everyone because we actually had a parent think my husband was drunk during practice due to his stumbling. Lol! If you have outward symptoms that might make people wonder what's wrong you may want to tell them. Also if your students know you have been having tests I would tell them. They love you and will want to know.
Yes, I told my students. I made a PowerPoint presentation. I felt personally that they deserved to know what was happening with me. I invited our Guidance Counselor to come to class. My principal was supportive.
I could not continue teaching, the stress of teaching, disruptive students, parent issues and the demands of meetings 3 plus times a week was just too much. I had to take care of me and my family, so I took a disability retirement.
Best wishes! Make decisions that are best for YOU, I know as teachers, we don't always make our own needs a priority.
You may want to check out some of the information we have for children to see if any of it would be helpful in your classroom:
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I am a teacher and I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago and I haven't told anyone at work. Since I have no major symptoms and have not had a relapse since the initial one that led to my diagnosis, I don't see any reason to tell at this point. I don't know how I would do it if I had to. It was hard enough telling my closest family members and a couple of friends. I don't want my bosses, colleagues, students and their parents seeing me differently - as a "sick" person, making up reasons to label me as incompetent, etc. I also don't want to discuss it with all of these people. If there comes a time when I have to, I just don't know...I have a lot of sick days saved up just in case I need them, though. I guess I will cross that bridge when I come to it. This may or may not be the right decision, but its the one I have made for now.
I am a special Ed teacher. I have been teaching since 1983. When I was dx in Feb 2008, I told my class. I am their teacher. They were worried when I was ill, and they can notice the littlest of things. MS has Smylen to help. And, books to help. The way I explained it to my kids was My brain is like the electricity of the house. Both work great! My nerves is like the electrical cords of the appliances and stuff. They work great. My muscles are like the lamps, computers, etc. They work great. But, the silly cat chewed the plastic off the electrical cord (and my mylen around my nerves is being attacked by my white blood cells), and so the messages to turn on the stuff doesn't get there all the time, kinda like how my messages to my muscles don't get there all the time.
So, yeah, tell them, and they can be your best advcoates!