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.

Keeping Your Cool as an Athlete with MS

Credit: Thinkstock It’s nearly summer, and here in Michigan we’ve seen 70-degree weather on a Monday and snow the following Friday. It seems like the weather has been trying to flip but it just can’t seem to get to summer. I have to admit, I’m not sa...
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IBD: What It Means to Be a 'Good Patient'

In April 2016 I was invited to be a keynote speaker at an IBD conference for patients. My first instinct, as usual, was to tell my own story. But the more that I thought about that, the less I liked the idea. My story is no more tragic or empowering ...
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Taking Time for Yourself with IBD

We live in a culture where over-exhaustion has become a prize that we’re all somehow seeking. Life has turned into what seems like a race, where everyone is looking to do more, be more, accomplish more – and somehow, that means that we’re doing thing...
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Exciting New Crohn's Reseach Study from the CCFA

How many times have you heard as an IBD patient, “If you would just change your diet, you could control/treat/cure your disease”? Well if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ve heard that a lot. There seems to be an overarching misconception that I...
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How I Let IBD Define Me

Credit: Thinkstock I often see memes on the internet about living with chronic illness and one of the most common things that I see is “I won’t let (insert health condition) define me”. I understand the message behind this meme but I actually have ta...
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Keep Your Opinion to Yourself About MY Colorectal Surgery

Credit: Thinkstock When you’re preparing for colorectal surgery, it feels like your surgeon throws a ton of information at you. Left and right, risks and benefits, pros and con. However, no matter how much information they throw at you, there is alwa...
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Your Surgeon's Priorities Through Your Colorectal Surgery

Credit: Thinkstock When you’re preparing for colorectal surgery, it feels like your surgeon throws a ton of information at you. Left and right, risks and benefits, pros and con. However, no matter how much information they throw at you, there is alwa...
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