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Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

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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.

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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.

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Managing Your Period With a J-Pouch

J-pouches share ‘real estate’ in the pelvic area with your uterus, which can complicate periods even more.

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Travel

How to Prep for Travel With UC: Part 2

The best tips for navigating through the terminal all the way until you land safely at your destination, because UC doesn’t stop at check-in.

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Diagnosis

Why I Felt So Alone After My MS Diagnosis

When Jackie Zimmerman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she was the only person in her world with a chronic condition. Then she found a support network.

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Family Health

First in the Family with a Genetic Disease: What It’s Like

“Living with UC has been one of the toughest things I’ve done in my life, but because of my diagnosis my whole family is more educated now.”

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Travel

How to Prep for Travel with UC

Essentials to pack in your carry-on and how to swiftly get through TSA when managing IBD symptoms and stress.

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What I Found in My Follow-Up Pouchoscopy

Like every other part of the digestive tract, J-pouches need to be regularly checked and examined for problems, like inflammation and cancer.