Jackie Zimmerman

Jackie Zimmerman , Patient Expert

Jackie Zimmerman is a multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis patient and the founder 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. In her free time (what free time?!) she spends time with her two rescue pups and plays roller derby. She’s online @JackieZimm.

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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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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