Lana Barhum

Lana Barhum

Freelance Writer


Chronic Health Conditions, Medical Writing


Kaplan University, Strayer University


Life hasn’t been easy or perfect since my doctor diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. But I am a strong believer that our dreams and our passions are a blessing amongst all this chaos.

— Lana Barhum


Lana Barhum has been a freelance medical writer since 2009. But she has been writing since she was old enough to create stories, and now, 30 plus years later, she is still using written words to express herself and help others navigate life with chronic health conditions. Having lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 2008, she has used her own experiences to share expert advice on living successfully with chronic disease and provide answers about a variety of health conditions.

Lana has written for Upwell (formerly Alliance Health), Mango Health, the Pain News Network, New Life Outlook, and Medical News Today.

As a medical/health and wellness writer, she has written about various issues affecting people with chronic health conditions, including parenting and single parenting, staying gainfully employed, living life to the fullest, managing stress, navigating the emotional challenges of illness, including learning to cope and day-to-day self-management of illness.

Her areas of writing expertise include tip articles, how-to articles, lifestyle guides, list articles, debunking myth articles, factual research, and blogging. She has also written a fibromyalgia guide, a recipe guide for people with arthritis, and a rheumatoid arthritis treatment guide.

Lana has worked with both Alliance Health and healtheo360, as a patient advocate and support group manager.


Lana holds a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and has worked for more than 20 years as a legal assistant. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time and trying to keep up with her two sons (ages 12 and 21), taking care of her cat, exploring nature and historical sites, and visiting her local Amish country.

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