Our Contributors

Angela Finlay
Angela Finlay

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger committed to sharing matters that affect health and wellbeing. From fitness and motivation to medical ailments and psychological hurdles, she has covered a range of health and lifestyle topics through her web writing career. Angela feels that a high quality of life should be a top priority for everyone, and tries her best…

Anna Scanlon
Anna Scanlon

Anna is a lupus warrior living in the United Kingdom and pursuing a PhD in history.

Ava Meena
Ava Meena

Ava Meena became a lupus advocate after receiving her diagnosis in 2017. She suffered from years of unexplained pain and illness and is grateful to now be part of a community of lupus warriors. Ava previously worked as a chemist and, while she can no longer work full-time, her education has helped immensely when it comes to deciphering the complex…

Barbara Leech
Barbara Leech

Barbara Leech is a mom of four who gave up her career as a reporter and editor of two weekly newspapers in Southern New Hampshire to be a work-at-home mom and autoimmune disease warrior. Within her personal battle with fibromyalgia, lupus, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, she is an advocate for greater public awareness and raising funds toward research and improved treatments…

Brandy Ostler
Brandy Ostler

I'm a retired elementary school teacher, freelance writer, and an aspiring author who happens to be a lupus fighter – which has been quite a journey in my life! I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music, and spending time with family, friends, and all of my four-legged fur babies!

Brenda Vanta
Brenda Vanta

Brindusa (Brenda) Vanta is an alternative health care doctor, author and medical writer. She has written for the Livestrong, South Asian Health Chronicle, Oakville Massage Community and Information Network, and she focuses on nutrition and homeopathy. She received her MD degree from Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine, Romania, and her HD diploma from Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine.

Debbie Cyza Duncan
Debbie Cyza Duncan

Debbie is a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She lives with several chronic illnesses, including lupus and connective tissue disease (MCTD). She loves spending time with her husband and family, and enjoys traveling, writing, taking photos, shopping, and all things beauty and fashion. Debbie is a glass-half-full type of person with a bubbly personality. Living with chronic diseases can…

Donna Schwontkowski
Donna Schwontkowski

With over 25 years of experience in treating patients from an alternative health perspective, Dr. Donna Schwontkowski offers insight into how to use natural methods of healing to significantly improve your health. Her background includes being a retired chiropractor, a dietitian in charge of nursing home residents’ nutritional needs, a clinical nutritionist, and a Master Herbalist.

Elena Anciro
Elena Anciro

Elena Anciro has been living with lupus since 2001. She loves storytelling on the stage, the page, and on the web through her lupus blog, Face Forward. Elena hopes that her blog can be a welcoming and supportive online meeting place, a virtual hug to lupus and non-lupus warriors alike, and a way of keeping herself accountable in her journey…

Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson

Eric L. Patterson is a professional counselor in western Pennsylvania, who has been working for over a decade to help his clients live happier lives. By night, he is a dad, husband, runner and freelance writer specializing in transferring his mental health knowledge and experience into clear, actionable content for his readers. Recently, Eric’s writing has expanded to a lighter…

Krystina Ostermeyer
Krystina Ostermeyer

Krysti is a 30-something wife to Brad, and mother to Logan. She also happens to suffer from anxiety and has had migraines since she was 12 years old. In August of 2017, she also had a meningioma (a benign brain tumor) removed. She writes for the anxiety and migraine of NewLifeOutlook, as well as a variety of other communities. She…

Lana Barhum
Lana Barhum

Lana Barhum is a freelance medical and health writer from Northeast Ohio. She has written for a variety of online health publications, including the Pain News Network, Alliance Health, Upwell, Mango Health, New Life Outlook, Medical News Today, News Medical and The Mighty. Having lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 2008, Lana uses her experiences to share expert advice…

Samantha Wayne
Samantha Wayne

Samantha Wayne has been sharing her lupus journey on YouTube for 8 years now. Her main goal is to spread awareness as well as help those who are suffering every day like herself.