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Jackie Zimmerman

Patient Advocate

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, her husband Adam and plays roller derby. She’s online @JackieZimm.

Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

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Seeing the Light: Getting Through the Emotional Fall-out of an MS Flare

When you have multiple sclerosis, you know that flare-ups are inevitable. But when they strike seemingly out of the blue after a long remission, the blow can feel twice as hard.

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Living With

10 UC Patients Share Uplifting Advice

When you’re in the midst of a flare or stuck in a rut with your ulcerative colitis, it can be hard to think positive. But these UC vets are here to let you know that it does get better.

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Lifestyle

Do You Need a Walking Bike in Your Life?

These cool mobility devices can be an excellent option for people with earlier forms of multiple sclerosis, helping you do more and go farther.

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Young & Chronic

10 Instagrammers With MS You Need to Follow

These patient-approved MS influencers are guaranteed to make your day on the 'gram a little brighter!

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Dating

Dating Secrets from People With MS

Daters with multiple sclerosis share personal advice on effective communication, fighting fatigue, and opening your heart to love.

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Profile

Cooking With Crohn's: A Chef With IBD Shares His Best Advice

Living with IBD can make eating a daily challenge—but it didn’t stop this man from making his passion for food a career.

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Living With

10 Things Women With Ulcerative Colitis Need to Know

It’s hard enough having UC, but being a woman with the disease can bring unique challenges. Here’s what a GI doc wants you to know.

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Lifestyle

How to Set Healthy Boundaries With IBD

Living with UC means putting your health first. Here's how to set healthy boundaries with friends, family, and co-workers to keep your IBD under control.

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Living With

9 Tips for Talking to Friends About UC

Follow these great suggestions on ways educate your friends about life with IBD, so you can feel more comfortable and get the support you need.

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Lifestyle

Sleepovers With UC: Tips for Overnight Stays

Staying outside your own home and potentially sharing a bathroom can cause some awkward moments with IBD. Here’s how to handle it.