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Beata Jakubowski - Never Give Up

Beata Jakubowski wasn't used to giving up. When she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 20, a doctor told her not to bother finishing college – with her disease she would never be able to hold a job. She ignored his recommendation and went on to get her degree. She then landed a job that mushroomed into a position running an entire department in a national intimate apparel company.

But by 26, her exhaustion made it too difficult to continue working. She also lost her father at the same time and was so overwhelmed she just took to her couch. She wondered what, if anything, she was going to do with her life. As days morphed into months, three years passed before a nurse recommended she see Dr. Mary Ann Picone, now the Medical Director of the MS Center at Holy Name Medical Center.

"That's when my life got back on track," Beata said. "She kept encouraging me to do things and got me into a clinical trial for Rituxan. I finally started to feel better."

Fast forward 20 years. Beata moved from the wheelchair she had come to rely on pretty heavily to using a walker. Now she needs the wheelchair only for long distances, like when she travelled in London with her husband. Yes, in those two decades, she got stronger. She married. And she found a new career.

After being treated by Dr. Picone, Beata's can-do attitude resurfaced. Realizing how much better she felt when she exercised, she decided to become a personal trainer. Though the CPR section of the training can be grueling for a person with MS, Beata passed. In fact, she's passed two additional times since then to remain certified.

"I felt so good at the gym I kept wondering why more people weren't exercising," Beata said. "Especially people with disabilities – there was only one person with a walker. I wanted everyone to feel as good as I did. Now it's become a passion.

"And I never would be doing this if it wasn't for Dr. Picone and the MS Center at Holy Name," she said. "Everyone there makes such a great team. When you're not at your best and reach out, they respond immediately. And having valet parking means the world to people who might be having a bad day with mobility. Now I can go by myself instead of needing someone to come, so they can park the car and leave me at the door."

Beata is still on Rituxan. It's been the only drug that has mostly kept debilitating attacks at bay and allows her to run her own business. She's able to visit client's homes if they are unable to make it to the gym.

"Let's face it, when you go to a job interview with a walker, you're automatically labeled," she said. "Now I have my own label – I'm a personal trainer.

"But none of this would have been possible without Dr. Picone," Beata said. "She's so knowledgeable but also someone I can confide in – she has truly been a mentor to me. I am loaded with gratitude that I have her in my life."

To learn about Beata's business as a personal trainer, Unique Physique Fitness, LLC, visit uniquephysiquefitness.com.