Latest by Jackie Zimmerman

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A New Perspective: When the patient becomes the caregiver

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 down you know you’re ...

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The Do's and Don'ts of IBD Caregiving

Here’s what you should expect during doctor’s visits, at the hospital, and how you should deal with stress.

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How to Make It Through the Bad Days

If I’m truthful, it’s been a long time since I’ve had a really bad day. My life these days is pretty stable and sometimes I forget how great that is until I really think about it. Lately, I spend more time trying to help other people through their ro...

Should You Share Your Condition at Work?

Should You Share Your Condition at Work?

I felt compelled to tell my employers about my MS diagnosis. My rationale was that this company did not have an HR department, so if my MS flared and I had to take time off work, I felt like I’d have to explain it to my employer. I told them…

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Embarassing Dating Stories

Living with IBD can trigger some pretty embarassing dating stories—but they’re not the end all, be all.

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Managing Flares

The Domino Effect of IBD Flare Ups

IBD flares can sometimes cause other parts of our health to go haywire.

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Living With Multiple Conditions

Living with one chronic illness is hard, but what if you have two? How to handle a double diagnosis.

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How to Prepare for IBD Surgery

Tips for what do before surgery to make your recovery as easy and comfortable as possible.

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Relationship Essentials for Living with IBD

Building understanding and support is key when caring for someone with IBD.

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Dating With IBD

Advice on tackling relationships when you have IBD and what you should never do.