Jackie Zimmerman

Jackie Zimmerman , Patient Expert

Jackie Zimmerman is a multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis patient and the founder and executive director of Girls With Guts. Since diagnosis, she has blogged her IBD journey at Blood, Poop, and Tears. Jackie has worked hard to become a strong voice in the patient advocacy community and pays it forward as Social Ambassador of the IBDHealthCentral Facebook page. In her free time (what free time?!) she spends time with her two rescue pups and plays roller derby. She’s online @JackieZimm.

Challenges and Successes of Being Employed With IBD

Credit: iStock I graduated college in 2007, and have been working ever since. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 10 years ago, and with ulcerative colitis eight years ago. I have spent essentially my entire professional life working hard to ...
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How to Find a New Neurologist

Credit: Thinkstock I was one of the fortunate few — someone who had a neurologist they liked and trusted. I felt like a person in his office rather than just one of many patients. But all that changed very quickly. At my first appointment of the year...
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My Blind Date With A GI

I had a pretty exciting blind date a few weeks ago. I found her online and liked her profile. In her picture she looked friendly and nice. She wasn’t far from my house, and was relatively close to my age, so I figured we would have a lot in common. I ...
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Decoding Your Bowel Movements

It wasn’t until I started seeing a gastroenterologist (GI) that I began having some of the most uncomfortable conversations of my life. After all, one of the most common conversations with GIs includes the question, “How’s your poop?” I always tried ...
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What is a Health Advocate?

After working at WEGO health and being exposed to so many different health conditions, my opinion of what a health activist or advocate is has changed.
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Why I am a "noncompliant" patient

What can I say? I hated taking shots… HATED it. I hated the lumps under my skin, I hated the bruises, and I hated the burning. It was the worst.
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