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

Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

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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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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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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.

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Living With

What I Wish I'd Known I'd Known About Multiple Sclerosis

One woman’s take on staying strong, sane, and solvent despite multiple sclerosis.

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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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Myths

5 Myths About Small Bowel Obstructions

Having been an inflammatory bowel disease patient for years, Jackie thought she’d seen it all. Then she was hospitalized with an obstruction. Here’s what she learned.

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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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In Case of UC Emergency: What to Pack in Your 'Go Bag'

Accidents happen when you have ulcerative colitis. This list of eight essentials will help you always be prepared.

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Gift-Giving

8 Great Father's Day Gifts for #ChronicDads

We’ve got a few awesome ways to show the big guy how much you care.