Julieann Hartman’s Healing Journey
From Fear to Freedom: Overcoming Fibromyalgia
Julieann Hartman always had a busy schedule. However, it wasn’t because she was a full-time fitness instructor and mom. She was both of those things. But it was because Julieann chose to live her life in perpetual motion to escape the fear that took root in her as a child. This suppression of fear eventually caught up with her in the form of fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and mood swings.
“It started with a lot of lower back pain, . . . pain in my legs, pain in my hands, and then it felt like I had the flu 24/7,” Julieann says. “I was used to working out five, six hours a day, six days a week. When I started not feeling well, I couldn’t do any of that.”
Without the ability to work out, Julieann lost her main diversion from fear. Instead of just being physically crippled from fibromyalgia, she was now emotionally tormented as well. As her husband, Butch, recalls, “It was really shortly after she stopped that I started noticing a huge change. The word despair is the word I would use.”
Being a successful Hollywood producer, Butch could afford to send Julieann to all the best doctors in Los Angeles. Since fibromyalgia is scientifically incurable, they turned their attention to alternative doctors for a solution. “My day planner was filled with doctor appointments—$300,000 on alternative doctors [and] holistic doctors.” Julieann continues, “They just kept saying, ‘We don’t know what to do. Here, take this pill. And here, take this.’ This went on for three years.”
As time went by with no improvement, Julieann found herself in a similar situation to the woman in the Bible who’d had the issue of blood for twelve years (Luke 8:43-48). Just like that woman, who’d spent everything she had on doctors but to no avail, Julieann was desperate for a cure. It was around that time when she came upon a man on television she hadn’t noticed before.
“I was home a lot and I would leave the TV on, and it would constantly play every ministry possible,” Julieann recalls. “Well, this man came on and he was really boring.” With the remote in her hand, Julieann was ready to turn him off, until something caught her ear.
“I don’t know what the teaching was, but it was him saying that there was a man who had Parkinson’s. And so Andrew says, ‘So, I say to him, “Just tell your hand to stop shaking.”’ . . . So [the man] said, ‘Hand, stop shaking.’ And it did!” Julieann continues, “So, I’m watching this going . . . what? But there was something about it that . . . just caught me.”
Intrigued, Julieann went on Andrew’s website, where she began soaking up all his teachings. Butch explains, “I watched her as she watched every Andrew episode. She downloaded everything online she could get.”
In addition to Andrew’s teachings, Julieann found inspiration in the healing journey of Niki Ochenski. “All the symptoms she had of being sensitive to cleaning solutions, hair products, lotions, perfumes. I couldn’t be around anything that had a smell. She was the same way!” Julieann says. “To watch that girl sit in a bedroom at the end that was painted was . . . a miracle!”
Determined to get the same results as Niki, Julieann dedicated even more of her free time to listening to Andrew’s teachings and studying God’s Word. “There was a two-week period where I was, like, that’s it. I’m not moving out of this house. I’m canceling everything, and I am just going to listen,” Julieann says. “When I listened to God Wants You Well and You’ve Already Got It!, I’m like, wait. This isn’t God holding out on me; this is me not receiving what God already did for me!”
From that revelation, Julieann started claiming the healing that already belonged to her. “I walked through my hallways going, ‘In the name of Jesus, stop being numb. Numbness, you are dead. You get out of my body now in the name of Jesus! Get out of my body! Pain, back pain, get out of my body! I don’t care what’s been spoken over me or whatever anybody told me or said I have. In the name of Jesus, I rebuke all of that and, body, you come back to life now!’”
Although Julieann said all the right things, her healing did not come all at once. Undeterred, she continued to press into God’s Word until, little by little, all her symptoms melted away. “It was a progressive healing, but the only reason it was progressive is because I made it progressive.” Julieann continues, “It wasn’t just the healing on the outside. It was teaching me about who I was in Christ, and that was the missing link.”
Today Julieann still has a busy schedule, only this time it’s packed with her and her family spreading God’s love in multiple areas of ministry. Their nonprofit organization, Hartman House, builds homes and provides food, education, and spiritual growth to families fighting poverty all over the world. Additionally, Butch’s mobile app, the Noog Network, infiltrates the world of entertainment by providing children with safe and fun entertainment.
Through her experience, Julieann feels especially called to help women apply Christ’s atonement in every area of their lives. “The world dictates to you that, as a woman, when you get older and you go through menopause, basically you become this emotional crazy person and then your insides dry up and you die. . . . I know that through the Word of God [and] through Andrew’s teachings, . . . He will show you who you are,” Julieann says. “That’s important for women my age to know. We don’t have to succumb to what the world says is supposed to happen to us as we get older.”
From being paralyzed by fibromyalgia and fear to being on fire to free others, Julieann Hartman found her freedom not in her wealth or medications, but in the truth of God’s Word found in free teachings provided by the friends and partners of Andrew Wommack Ministries.
Julieann says, “I started adding up all of [the] bills, [and] they were over $300,000. But Andrew’s teaching was free!”