Helping with the Halloween Festival this year gave me the unusual opportunity to return to the school, see the kids and old friends. I stood by the chalkboard in my former classroom, looked out the windows, and passed by my old desk with a few tears in my eyes. I loved teaching in that room. By the end of the two-hour event I was purely exhausted. Medical disability was the right decision. I probably should have left teaching even sooner than I did, evident in the fact that I had parts of my disability application already turned in for years. Giving into something I don’t want has never been my style. I am extremely grateful for the State of Alaska’s teacher disability program which gives me the financial security to stay home and take care of me.
About the Author
Melissa Cook is the author of www.MSsymptoms.me. As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.