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Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

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Interview with Dr. Riehl: Treating the WHOLE Person, Not the Parts

As an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patient, I talk a lot about mental health and how it works in conjunction with my IBD and other chronic illnesses. Over the course of the last 10 years I have seen a shift (albeit a slow one) that is starting to ...

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Challenges and Successes of Being Employed With IBD

Credit: iStock I graduated college in 2007, and have been working ever since. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 10 years ago, and with ulcerative colitis eight years ago. I have spent essentially my entire professional life working hard to ...

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How to Find a New Neurologist

I was one of the fortunate few — someone who had a neurologist they liked and trusted. I felt like a person in his office rather than just one of many patients. But all that changed very quickly. At my first appointment of the year, my doctor informe...

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My Blind Date With A GI

I had a pretty exciting blind date a few weeks ago. I found her online and liked her profile. In her picture she looked friendly and nice. She wasn’t far from my house, and was relatively close to my age, so I figured we would have a lot in common. I ...

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Symptoms

Decoding Your Bowel Movements

It wasn’t until I started seeing a gastroenterologist (GI) that I began having some of the most uncomfortable conversations of my life. After all, one of the most common conversations with GIs includes the question, “How’s your poop?” I always tried ...

What is a Health Advocate?
Second Opinion

What is a Health Advocate?

After working at WEGO health and being exposed to so many different health conditions, my opinion of what a health activist or advocate is has changed.

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Second Opinion

Why I am a "noncompliant" patient

What can I say? I hated taking shots… HATED it. I hated the lumps under my skin, I hated the bruises, and I hated the burning. It was the worst.

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Living 'Healthy' with IBD

Because each person is unique, living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is a different experience for each patient. This means that sickness and recovery look different for each patient, too. But let’s take a look at how different people als...

Fight FOMO to Live Better
Chronic Life

Fight FOMO to Live Better

No! Arguably, “No” is one of the most popular of the first words that babies learn to speak. It’s a simple one syllable word. It’s easy to say and easy to spell. “No” gives us a definitive answer to many questions asked, and is a clear reaction to ma...

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Fight for Mental Health by Destroying Stigma

Hi, I’m Jackie and I take medication for depression, and I post on the internet about my bouts with depression and past suicidal thoughts. I do it because it’s important to talk about these things. Sure, it makes some people uncomfortable, but I don’...