Jackie Zimmerman

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 Articles by Jackie Zimmerman

Digestive Health

Colorectal Surgery Complications You Should Know About

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 always something you wo...

Ulcerative Colitis

8 UC Patients Reveal the Best Advice They've Ever Received

Our IBD Facebook community was happy to offer up their collective wisdom.

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Digestive Health

Pouchoscopies with Ulcerative Colitis: Are You Keeping Up?

Like every other part of the digestive tract, J-pouches need to be regularly checked and examined for problems, like inflammation and cancer.

night sweats
Multiple Sclerosis

Sweet Relief for MS Night Sweats

Chill! These MS-friendly gadgets will help regulate your body temp all night long.

woman with eye pain
Multiple Sclerosis

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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Ulcerative Colitis

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.

Jackie Zimmerman testing out the Alinker
Multiple Sclerosis

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.

Photo of Eliz Martin undergoing MS treatment
Multiple Sclerosis

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!