COLUMBIA — For the past 20 years, Chester Jakubowicz has been taking care of his partner, David Sapp, who has multiple sclerosis. Every morning, Jakubowicz gets Sapp out of bed, dresses him and prepares him for the day. The couple has changed their lifestyle drastically since the diagnosis. They moved from their San Francisco home to Columbia, where they built a home that allowed Sapp more mobility.
Although Jakubowicz has been exhausted at times, such as when he had to work full-time while looking after Sapp, he said he doesn't find his lifestyle a burden. Jakubowicz recently retired and spends his time with Sapp now. "We take care of each other," Jakubowicz said.