Jackie Zimmerman

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 and plays roller derby. She’s online @JackieZimm.

All the Reasons You Might 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. Much like most topics that revolve around our digestive tracts, there is a lot of mystery and stigma around talking ab...
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The Evolution of My MS

Credit: Thinkstock In September 2006, I was in my final semester of college, ready to graduate and take on the world. I had plans to be a graphic designer – someone who would make art that made people feel something. The world was my oyster, and I pl...
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Surviving A Musical Festival With IBD

Credit: Thinkstock Last week I had the immense joy of attending Firefly Music Festival with one of my other IBD friends. I have wanted to attend a large music festival for a quite some time, but between my IBD and MS, I thought that enjoying loud mus...
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The Power of IBD Friendships

Creating friendships with a common denominator as strong as a chronic illness is like building a solid foundation for a house. The materials are already strong, but putting them together makes them indestructible.
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Can Diet Stop the Progression of MS?

Credit: Thinkstock For every new medication that comes out to treat a chronic illness, a new diet is touted to cure that same illness. I’m sure we’ve all seen websites and comments on social media about “miracle diets” that can cure multiple sclerosi...
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Keeping Your Cool as an Athlete with MS

Credit: Thinkstock It’s nearly summer, and here in Michigan we’ve seen 70-degree weather on a Monday and snow the following Friday. It seems like the weather has been trying to flip but it just can’t seem to get to summer. I have to admit, I’m not sa...
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IBD: What It Means to Be a 'Good Patient'

In April 2016 I was invited to be a keynote speaker at an IBD conference for patients. My first instinct, as usual, was to tell my own story. But the more that I thought about that, the less I liked the idea. My story is no more tragic or empowering ...
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Taking Time for Yourself with IBD

We live in a culture where over-exhaustion has become a prize that we’re all somehow seeking. Life has turned into what seems like a race, where everyone is looking to do more, be more, accomplish more – and somehow, that means that we’re doing thing...
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