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Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

Women with severe symptoms of diarrhea.
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.

Woman touching stomach painful suffering from stomachache gastrointestinal system disease.
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.

setting boundaries to stop catastrophes.
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.

Group of people with arms around each other's waists in support.
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.

MRI
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.

Jackie with her husband
Relationships

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.

Young woman at her desk frowning at her laptop.
Chronic Life

Are You Still Working With Chronic Illness?

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.

Group of surgeons in hospital operating theater.
Living With

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.

Person reading a newspaper.
Letters

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.

A nurse preparing an infusion.

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.