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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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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...

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Lifestyle

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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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.

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Sweet Relief for MS Night Sweats

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

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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 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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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.