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.

Fight FOMO to Live Better

Credit: Thinkstock No! Arguably, “No” is one of the most popular of the first words that babies learn to speak. It’s a simple one syllable word. It’s easy to say and easy to spell. “No” gives us a definitive answer to many questions asked, and is a c...
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What Should You Eat Before and After IBD Surgery?

Credit: Thinkstock So you’re facing bowel surgery? Have no fear, your guide to pre-op eating and post-op chowing down is hereBefore bowel surgery Before bowel surgery you’re probably going to be feeling pretty crummy. If so, just keep eating what has ...
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All the Reasons You Might Have Diarrhea and When to Worry

There are few things guaranteed in life besides death and taxes. Unfortunately, getting diarrhea is probably one of the exceptions. Much like most topics that revolve around our digestive tracts, there is a lot of mystery and stigma around talking ab...
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The Evolution of My MS

Credit: Thinkstock In September 2006, I was in my final semester of college, ready to graduate and take on the world. I had plans to be a graphic designer – someone who would make art that made people feel something. The world was my oyster, and I pl...
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Surviving A Musical Festival With IBD

Credit: Thinkstock Last week I had the immense joy of attending Firefly Music Festival with one of my other IBD friends. I have wanted to attend a large music festival for a quite some time, but between my IBD and MS, I thought that enjoying loud mus...
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The Power of IBD Friendships

Creating friendships with a common denominator as strong as a chronic illness is like building a solid foundation for a house. The materials are already strong, but putting them together makes them indestructible.
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Can Diet Stop the Progression of MS?

Credit: Thinkstock For every new medication that comes out to treat a chronic illness, a new diet is touted to cure that same illness. I’m sure we’ve all seen websites and comments on social media about “miracle diets” that can cure multiple sclerosi...
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