Chronic Illness Support Group

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Chronic Illness Support Group

First Assembly is starting a support group, lead by Tamara Holliman, providing Christ-centered connection, encouragement, and care to those managing a chronic illness.  We will focus on our hope in Christ instead of our physical limitations.


Are You Managing A Chronic Illness?

  • Auto-Immune Disease
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Kidney or Liver Disease
  • Chronic Pain and/or Fatigue
  • Heart Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Crohn’s Disease

There is Hope

Your diagnosis may not be listed. But, if you have recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, living with chronic pain, or managing a chronic illness, this group is for you!

Managing Your Chronic Illness

When you are first diagnosed with a Chronic Illness, it is hard to know where to turn. Even after you have been living with it for a while, you can still feel like you are alone. Together, we can encourage each other and carry each other’s burdens.

Tamara's Story:

My Journey with Lupus

Nearly nine years ago, I was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. I had no idea what this really meant, but I soon found out as my life came to a complete and painful stand still. I would have loved to talk to others that knew what I was going through, but there was no one around. Since then, with Christ’s help, I have learned how to cope with this disabling disease. Having others to share this journey with is so important!

For More Info:

  • Phone: 501-758-8553
  • Email:

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Maria J. Montanez Vega wrote:
I have been suffering from pain since I can remember in my childhood. I have a scoliosis and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I recently went through a surgical procedure of the lumbar spine. Asking the Lord for guidance and strength to love Him more everyday.

Fri, May 16, 2014 @ 5:40 PM

2. Debbie Hall wrote:
I am currently undergoing neurological evaluation for a debilitating illness that started on April 6th. As I look back, it may have started long before that, but I would not be still long enough for God to get my attention in the manner that He now Has. I need some support from other women who understand as I am dealing with Some different stages of grief right now. Thank you.

Mon, June 16, 2014 @ 6:03 AM

3. Ron Wilkerson wrote:
I have just given up on life. 34 years old and have been diagnosed with so many illnesses that I feel I could rival Job for affliction. I don't see a way out and would rather not live this seemingly horrible life in pain knowing what walk I used to have for Christ, the job I once held at a now regional bank throughout the southeast United States. Bipolar type II, MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER, MOOD SWINGS, CERVICAL RADICULITIS, ADHD, CERVICAL DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE, THORACIC SPINAL DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE, STENOSIS UP AND DOWN CERVICAL AND PARACENTRAL SPINE, SUDDEN ONSET OF PSEUDO SEIZURES, MEMORY LOSS,ACUTE PAIN IN NECK AND BACK, PSYCHOMETRIC RETARDATION... THIS is the short list and all these have occurred in the last twelve months right after graduating from UALR College of Engineering Technology and Applied Sciences with a Bachelor's in Construction management with emphasis on Value Engineering (Graduating at the very top of my class). Now, I no longer can remember things well and spend my days in a dark bedroom not getting out of bed for the most part, wondering just how much longer I can cling to this life. Once a successful business man, now a loser who has a beautiful 3 year old son and wonderful wife. My shame consumed me as I now draw Social Security... Maybe this would help... But I don't know....

Sun, December 21, 2014 @ 2:28 AM

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