Mandy PattersonPatient Expert
Mandy is a patient expert and advocate for ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. She started down the road to advocacy after receiving an ulcerative colitis diagnosis in 2013, after experiencing complications of UC since 2010.
She’s a full-time technical writer and technical writing instructor for Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in professional writing. For her master’s thesis she wrote about the quality patient education materials for those diagnosed with UC, and the need for technical writers in the IBD medical field.
Mandy is a Social Ambassador for the IBD HealthCentral Facebook page.
Latest by Mandy Patterson
Considering a biologic for UC? Here's what you need to know before you start.
In the world of IBD medication options, biologics are unique. Here’s what you need to know about the risks and benefits.
Susie was told pregnancy could kill her—but she persevered and had a healthy baby. Here’s what she learned.
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After your child is diagnosed with IBD, you may feel guilty. But it’s not your fault. Here’s how to support them.
Take it from someone who knows — although it can seem unpleasant, these tips can help you learn how to handle using suppositories for ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s.
When you have ulcerative colitis, you’re bound to experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms. But how do you know when something is severe enough to go to the doctor or even the ER?
Working out has tons of health benefits for people with UC. Learn which exercises a UC vet and fitness pros recommend — and how to make them work for you.
Although UC is still a stigmatized condition, these well-known figures have spoken out to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with inflammatory bowel disease.
Going to a speed dating event 12 hours after a scope for ulcerative colitis would be chill… right? Here’s what happened to one woman — and what she learned in the process.