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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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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.

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Lifestyle

Ulcerative Colitis Patients Share Their Best Advice

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

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Living With

10 Things Women With Ulcerative Colitis Need to Know

It’s hard enough having UC, but being a woman with the disease can bring unique challenges. Here’s what a GI doc wants you to know.

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Five Questions

Meet the Former Bodybuilder With MS Who Designs Fitness Programs With Patients Top of Mind

National Fitness Hall of Famer David Lyons shares how he manages his own multiple sclerosis and what drove him to help the MS community maintain mobility and independence.

Gustavo San Martin speaking for Amigos Múltiplos pela Esclerose.
Profile

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.

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Five Questions

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.

Zumba instructor Melody Condon.
Five Questions

Crohn’s Can’t Stop This Zumba Instructor

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