Ulcerative ColitisLifestyle

8 UC Patients Reveal the Best Advice They've Ever Received


“When in remission, eat what you love.”

Woman taking a break reading a book and having a glass of wine.

Make rest a top priority

“Rest, rest, rest. Don’t feel like you have to push yourself all the time. It’s ok to take a break and, more importantly, listen to your body.”

“Speak up! Advocate for yourself. Listen to your instincts. Trust your intuition. You know your body better than anyone else.”

Friends being silly and having fun singing.

Have a sense of humor

“Get support. IBD is trauma after trauma, and that affects your whole self. Therapy helps!”

“It’s not your fault. It’s not the food you eat, or something you did. It’s disease. Be kind to yourself.”

Do your research

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You're not alone in this

Jackie Zimmerman

Jackie Zimmerman


Jackie Zimmerman is a multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis patient and the founder of Girls With Guts. Since diagnosis, she has blogged her IBD journey at Blood, Poop, and Tears. Jackie has worked hard to become a strong voice in the patient advocacy community. In her free time (what free time?!) she spends time with her two rescue pups, her husband Adam and plays roller derby. She’s online @JackieZimm.