Support groups bring together a number of individuals who are facing similar challenges.

These challenges may involve specific personal health issues like diabetes. Chicot Memorial Medical Center and UAMS East Regional Campus Lake Village are partnering to provide a free monthly support group for people with diabetes or for their caregivers. Meetings, led by Cheryl Bush, Pharm D, are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the CMMC classroom.

The first meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Members of a support group get to connect with other people who are in a similar situation. This enables sharing of experiences, practical tips and information. Support groups also help to reinforce that individuals are not alone in their situation. Group members receive a great deal of moral support and mutual encouragement from other group participants, who are more likely to be more able to relate their experiences than even their family members or friends.

A wide variety of topics regarding diabetes will be covered. The purpose of the group is to bring together people with diabetes and their support teams so they can compare notes, share tips and figure out how best to manage their condition. There is no charge, but seating is limited.

Those seeking a diabetes support group for themselves, a family member, or a friend may contact Bush at CMMC at (870) 265-9295 or Leigh Anthony, UAMS East Regional Campus Lake Village at (870) 265-9291.

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