Publications

You can find Lana’s most recent work at UpwellMango Health, the Pain News NetworkNew Life Outlook, and Medical News Today.

7 Tips to Help You “Keep the Faith”

January 4, 2016

7 Tips to Help You “Keep the Faith”

Could I Be Grateful for Chronic Illness?

July 12, 2013

I was in awe as I read the article. How could the author be grateful for chronic illness? Why would he be when his chronic illness nearly killed him? It didn’t make sense to me. I could never show gratitude towards a disease that has done nothing but complicate my life.

5 Steps to Embracing an Imperfect Life With Chronic Illness

January 22, 2016

There is no question that chronic illnesses change lives in ways we wish it didn’t. Choosing to embrace an imperfect life can help you face challenges and lead a happy, meaningful, and fulfilled life.

Write About Your Experience to Help You Heal

February 28, 2016

Writing about difficult experiences, such as chronic illness and trauma, can be an effective way to ease emotional pain, stress, and worry. Moreover, the latest research shows that expressing your feelings in words can also speed up healing and ease physical pain.

10 Ways to Live Well Despite Chronic Illness

March 7, 2015

Living with chronic illness deeply impacts people and doesn’t leave any area of life untouched. At times, your life may be turned upside down, and coping may seem difficult.

But life with chronic illness can still be satisfying. The most effective way to manage and reduce the impact of illness is to focus on ways to live well, even while sick.

What I Really Mean When I Say ‘I’m Fine’ as Someone With Chronic Illness

The Mighty

April 22, 2016

Living with chronic illness and pain is something that isn’t easily understood by people who are not going through the same thing. Moreover, the effects of illness are an emotional and personal daily battle.

When I Try to Convince Myself I’m the Same ‘Superwoman’ I Was Before My Illnesses

The Mighty

May 12, 2016

Nope. I am not. I have no superpowers. No super speed or strength and I sure I can’t fly. I am not superhuman. I am not Superwoman, but yet, I am determined to be her.

When You’re Tired of Trying to ‘Remain Grateful’ During a Life of Chronic Illness

The Mighty

June 12, 2016

Finding gratitude despite the unfairness posed by chronic illness.

3 Tips for Redefining Normal with Chronic Illness

June 27, 2016

What do you do when life hands you a life-altering diagnosis? You redefine everything you know.

7 Ways to Beat Rheumatoid Arthritis Fatigue

Alliance Health

July 11, 2016

Read proven tips to help you fight this common effect of RA and have energy to do the things you care about most.

4 Healthy Ways to Manage Chronic Illness Anger

Mango Health

September 8, 2016

Anger is a natural response to dealing with chronic illness frustrations. But it’s important not to let anger prevent you from living your best possible life. Speaking from experience, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia advocate Lana Barhum shares four healthy ways to manage chronic illness anger.

5 Tips for Being Productive with Chronic Pain

Mango Health

October 7, 2016

The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than half of Americans live with chronic pain. Furthermore, at least 40% report that pain interferes with their ability to work and enjoy everyday life. So how do you stay productive when pain is a regular part of your routine? Patient advocate Lana Barhum shares five tried-and-true tips.

How to Manaage Arthritis with Exercise

There was a time when doctors told arthritis patients to rest their joints and avoid exercise. These days, doctors agree unanimously that being active can help patients to minimize pain and increase function. Additionally, mobility, mood and quality of life can be improved through activity for people living with arthritis conditions.

Overcoming Arthritis in the Bedroom

Communication and changing habits are keys to bolstering intimacy.

A Cheat Sheet for Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares

Tips for Making a Flare Easier

How to Manage Chronic Illness in the Workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there are more than 133 million Americans living with at least one chronic illness. The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines a chronic illness is a condition that is long term, limits your activity and may require ongoing care.

Fibromyalgia Patients Benefit from Exercise

There was a time when most doctors believed that exercise would worsen fibromyalgia pain or even fast track the disease. Doctors would advise patients that they needed rest rather than activity. Nowadays, doctors inform fibromyalgia patients that they can benefit from low impact activity and that these exercises are safe and easy.

How Relaxation Can Help Fibro Symptoms

Take Time Out Daily to Manage Stress

How to Move Toward Acceptance of Chronic Illness

Accepting your circumstances doesn’t mean giving up 

5 Tips for Maintaining a Work-Life Balance with Chronic Illness

June 19, 2013

Chronic illness creates an end to normalcy and there is no going back to the lives we once knew. Consequently, all this change disrupts your work-life balance making it important to find ways to effectively manage your health while meeting the demands of your already busy life.

MORE TO COME