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When ‘Thriver’s Guilt’ Sets in After Chronic Illness

What do you do when you’re finally healthy but your friends are still sick? Where do you fit in the community? Jackie shares how going into remission with ulcerative colitis changed her relationships.

By Jackie Zimmerman

Married to Someone With IBD? This Letter's for You

Being the spouse to someone with UC can be challenging, but this woman with UC has a message for you: You’re the real MVP.

By Jackie Zimmerman

3 IBD Advocates Share Their Advice

Want to use your experience with Crohn's or ulcerative colitis to help others? These veteran patient advocates have the tips you need to get started.

By Mandy Morgan

A Letter to My Colorectal Surgeon

Jackie, who has ulcerative colitis, pens an open letter to the surgeons that saved her life — with a few suggestions for improving communication.

By Jackie Zimmerman

How to Talk to Friends About UC

These tips can help you educate your friends about what it’s like to live with IBD and, in turn, get the support you need.

By Jackie Zimmerman

Sex and Ulcerative Colitis

No matter how badly my boyfriend and I want to have sex, UC has securely fastened her chastity belt and is holding up a big stop sign.

By Mandy Morgan

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...

By Jackie Zimmerman

Embarassing Dating Stories

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

By Jackie Zimmerman