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Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

Surviving A Musical Festival With IBD

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 music in sweltering he...

The Power of IBD Friendships

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.

Can Diet Stop the Progression of MS?

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 sclerosis. Personally, I ha...

Ostomates Are Happier Than the Media Thinks

See how the Ostomy community is fighting back against negative stereotypes.

Keeping Your Cool as an Athlete with MS

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 sad about it. Every y...

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 ...

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...

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...

How I Let IBD Define Me

How I Let IBD Define Me

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 taken a completely di...

Keep Your Opinion to Yourself About MY Colorectal Surgery

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 always something you wo...