WARNING: LONG POST!
I think I have more of a group of questions, than A question. Actually I think I am just fishing for advice.
I am a certified teacher. The market in my state for teachers is terrible. So for the past 6 years I have been working as a pre-college advisor for a federally funded grant program. I work out of the local University but we go into local middle schools and high schools and hold college prep workshops on a variety of topics and assist our students in graduating, and getting into the college of their choice.
I was longing to get back into the classroom, so I started taking graduate classes to add another certification or endorsement to hopefully make me more marketable. That's when the major MS stuff started. I started taken classes two summers ago. I registered for 2 and dropped one. I didn't really know what was going on then, but I was having a really hard time, and they only thing that I could come up with was that it was migraine related. The following semester I again registered for 2 class and I was having horrible and constant migraines. I was fatigued and had trouble concentrating and retaining information. This is when I was sent to a neurologist had the MRI and well I guess you can figure out the rest. Ultimately my diagnosis was confirmed this February.
I taught summer school part-time this summer. (I get laid off in the summers.) I found it difficult, with the heat, but I made it though.
In my current position, I have a caseload of just under 300 students at two different high schools. And my office is station at the downtown campus of the university. I travel back and forth between the office and my two schools and have to lug all of my materials with me as well. The work is very fast paced and demanding due to all of the federal mandates and deadlines. I know that I can't keel doing it much longer, but since I only have a bachelor degree and my teaching cert just expired, I will have to return to school at some point.
It would be interesting to hear from other teachers on here or others who work in education. I know other teachers with MS who have had to leave their professions. I really don't want to do that but I'm not sure that I have much choice. At one point I wanted to go to law school (I also have a BS in Criminal Justice) but I don't think my body would be able to handle the demands of law school. I have been looking at school guidance counseling. (I really don't want to work in Higher Ed. I would prefer K-12). I am thinking that perhaps a counseling position, where I stay in one spot, might be more manageable.
Physically I am doing a lot better than I was a year ago, but fatigue is my biggest enemy. The more fatigued that I am, the more problems that I have concentrating, etc. I do however have to keep working full-time. I haven't had much luck finding information or career recommendations for those with MS. Any advice, suggestions or resource recommendations would be greatly appreciated.