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.

Conditions Covered:Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis

Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

How One Man Filled the Gap of Patient Education Around Multiple Sclerosis in Brazil

Get to know Gustavo San Martin, founder of Friends with Multiple Sclerosis and the mission behind his successful advocacy organization.

First Athlete to Open Up About His Ostomy Tackles Stigma for Others

Rolf Benirschke was the first pro athlete to open up about having an ostomy. Here’s how he’s changed the lives of ulcerative colitis patients.

Crohn’s Can’t Stop This Zumba Instructor

Despite often severe IBD symptoms, Melody Condon keeps on groovin'. Here’s her story.

What I Wish I'd Known

It's taken a few years, but I've finally gotten to know my MS.

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.

Best Gifts Under $30 for People With Ulcerative Colitis

This gift guide will help you find the perfect stocking stuffer or small gift for your loved one with UC.

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.

When ‘Thriver’s Guilt’ Sets in After Chronic Illness

What do you do when you’re finally healthy but your friends are still sick? Where do you fit in the community? Jackie shares how going into remission with ulcerative colitis changed her relationships.

What to Pack in Your IBD Emergency 'Go Bag'

It's always smart to create an emergency kit to take with you in case a natural disaster strikes, such as a hurricane or wildfire. Here's what you should pack, including IBD-specific items.

Reasons Why You Have Diarrhea and When to Worry

There are few things guaranteed in life besides death and taxes. Unfortunately, getting diarrhea is probably one of the exceptions. Here's what you should know.