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.

Exciting New Crohn's Reseach Study from the CCFA

How many times have you heard as an IBD patient, “If you would just change your diet, you could control/treat/cure your disease”? Well if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ve heard that a lot. There seems to be an overarching misconception that I...
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How I Let IBD Define Me

Credit: Thinkstock I often see memes on the internet about living with chronic illness and one of the most common things that I see is “I won’t let (insert health condition) define me”. I understand the message behind this meme but I actually have ta...
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Keep Your Opinion to Yourself About MY Colorectal Surgery

Credit: Thinkstock When you’re preparing for colorectal surgery, it feels like your surgeon throws a ton of information at you. Left and right, risks and benefits, pros and con. However, no matter how much information they throw at you, there is alwa...
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Your Surgeon's Priorities Through Your Colorectal Surgery

Credit: Thinkstock When you’re preparing for colorectal surgery, it feels like your surgeon throws a ton of information at you. Left and right, risks and benefits, pros and con. However, no matter how much information they throw at you, there is alwa...
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Dating with IBD

Reduce anxiety and learn what to say to a dating partner about your IBD.
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A New Perspective: When the patient becomes the caregiver

Credit: Thinkstock For so many of us, being the sick family member is just part of our identity. We sit in our hospital bed waiting for knocks on the door, greeting family members as they walk in. Even on those days when you’d rather be alone, deep d...
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