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Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

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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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Gift-Giving

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.

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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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Chronic Life

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.

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Living With

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.

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Symptoms

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.

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Second Opinion

Is Colectomy a ‘Cure’ for Ulcerative Colitis?

In the IBD community, what constitutes a cure is a controversial topic. Here’s one patient’s perspective.

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Lifestyle

How to Set Healthy Boundaries With IBD

Living with UC means putting your health first. Here's how to set healthy boundaries with friends, family, and co-workers to keep your IBD under control.

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Living With

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.

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Letters

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.