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Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Living With

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.

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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.

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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.

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Living With

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.

Pills and capsules, medication.
Medication

Switching MS Medications: What You Need to Know

When do you switch your MS medication? How do you measure your treatment’s effectiveness? A woman with MS shares her experience and advice. Tune in to know when to make a change.

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Diagnosis

Just Diagnosed With UC? This Letter’s For You

An ulcerative colitis veteran shares her advice and hope with those newly diagnosed with this form of IBD.

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Medication

How to Choose Effective Birth Control After Bowel Surgery

Learn about options for contraception post-bowel surgery, from IUDs and shots to patches and rings.