Mandy Patterson

Mandy Patterson

Patient 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 Articles by Mandy Patterson

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Ulcerative Colitis

Managing Your Meds: Pros and Cons of UC Therapies

There may only be a few UC treatment options out there, but we bet you have a ton questions. Answers, here!

Man's ulcerative colitis could be triggered by eating fast food while traveling.
Ulcerative Colitis

When Food Attacks: The Gut Punches of UC

Mandy's vacation goes awry when flight delays lead to a fast-food flare-up of ulcerative colitis. Find out what she learned about traveling with UC.

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Crohn's Disease

9 Instagrammers With Crohn's Disease You'll Love

Looking to add some IBD inspo to your Insta feed? Follow this diverse group of Crohnies who are sharing the raw and real sides of living with a chronic illness.

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Ulcerative Colitis

Tips for Parents of Kids With Ulcerative Colitis

After your child is diagnosed with IBD, you may feel guilty. But it’s not your fault. Here’s how to support them.

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Ulcerative Colitis

9 Best Tips for Exercising With Ulcerative Colitis

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.

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Crohn's Disease

Treating Crohn’s Disease With Biologics: The Basics

In the world of IBD medication options, biologics are unique. Here’s what you need to know about the risks and benefits.

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Ulcerative Colitis

The Basics of Biologics: Ulcerative Colitis Edition

Considering a biologic for UC? Here's what you need to know before you start.

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms: 'Is This Normal?'

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?