I suppose as I’ll be appearing here regularly, I should probably tell you a little bit about myself. I have Crohn’s Disease (you may have worked that one out already, alright Sherlock no one likes a smarty pants). I was eventually diagnosed around September 2010 after around 2 years of gradually worsening symptoms. What started as bloating with discomfort akin to trapped wind, quickly escalated into pain so excruciating I could barely walk. Continue reading
Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter if you’re heading to Europe or New York City, the back streets of Rio or a Caribbean cruise, traveling with IBD is challenging. But don’t despair – with the proper advance planning and careful packing, it can be done! My blog, Crohnie Travels, takes you with me as I experience the ups and downs of travel across the country and the world. Continue reading
When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in October of 2008, I really didn’t understand how that news would change my life. My symptoms were mild at first, but by 2010 I was spending most of my days in bed or in the bathroom. Not able to find relief through conventional drugs, alternative therapy, dietary modification, herbs or supplements, I ultimately ended up without a colon and with a permanent ileostomy in August of 2013; something that would return some normalcy back to my life. As I look back and reflect on the ups and downs of this illness, I realize that the challenges I’ve faced have offered up some important lessons. Continue reading
A picture frame sits on my desk at work and in it are the faces of my best friends. From left to right you’ll find Liz Jordan, Alicia Aliello, myself (Jackie Zimmerman) and Casey Greenwood, 4 of the 5 board members for Girls With Guts. Girls With Guts is a small non-profit that I founded in 2012 that supports women and children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and ostomies. Our mission is simple, we don’t want anyone to feel alone on this journey. Continue reading
My journey through the trials and tribulations of Crohn’s is something I talk about quite often. I tell the story to small groups, to large audiences, and to individuals one-on-one. I tell the story almost like a fairytale; framing Crohn’s disease as the evil Dragon, myself as the helpless Princess, with the ostomy as my Knight in Shining Armour.
And the Princess and the Ostomy lived happily ever after.
I tell my story as if it was just that; a story; a beginning, a middle, and an end. Continue reading
1.4 million Americans have it. About 1 in every 250 people in the UK has it. About 61,000 people in Australia have it. More and more people are getting it every day. No it isn’t the latest single from One Direction. It is not the latest game for X box or a poke from Facebook. It is Inflammatory Bowel Disease also known as IBD. Continue reading