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 to Set Boundaries When You Have Ulcerative Colitis

“Living with UC means we need to be willing to do whatever it takes to put our health first, and in most cases, that means creating a healthy set of boundaries.“

9 Ways to Find Support for MS in Rural Communities

Living in a rural area may make finding care and support more difficult. Try these resources to help you through your MS journey.

Letter to Neurologists from an MS patient

Jackie Zimmerman articulates what MS patients need from their neurologists at the time of diagnosis and throughout their treatment, and shares lessons learned.

Married to Someone With IBD? This Letter's for You

Being the spouse to someone with UC can be challenging, but this woman with UC has a message for you: You’re the real MVP.

Are You Still Working With Chronic Illness? Should You Be?

Living with a chronic illness is challenging. Living with a chronic illness while working a full-time job? Sometimes unbearable. It might be time to scale back.

A Letter to My Colorectal Surgeon

Jackie, who has ulcerative colitis, pens an open letter to the surgeons that saved her life — with a few suggestions for improving communication.

How to Talk to Friends About UC

These tips can help you educate your friends about what it’s like to live with IBD and, in turn, get the support you need.

Dear Media: A Real Portrayal of MS, Please

MS is often portrayed in the media as hopeless causes, full of pain and disability. But that’s not the real picture, says Jackie Zimmerman.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Ocrevus Infusion

Before you start your Ocrevus infusion, read Jackie Zimmerman’s tips on what to do before, during, and after. Her experience and insights will ease the process.

Dear Society: A Letter From a UC Patient

What with all the stigma surrounding ulcerative colitis and other digestive health conditions, this woman has one simple plea for modern society.