Charis Hill

Patient Expert

Charis is a patient expert, writer, speaker, and spondylitis advocate in Sacramento, California. Her story has been featured in dozens of publications, including Arthritis Today Magazine, Mother Jones, CNBC, and her blog, BeingCharis. Charis’ life goal is to make ankylosing spondylitis a household name.

Conditions Covered:Ankylosing Spondylitis

Latest by Charis Hill

Ankylosing Spondylitis Doesn’t Take Away Your Ability to Dream

Despite the fact that she was beaten and battered by the end of New York Fashion Week, Charis Hill doesn’t regret following her dreams of being a model. She hob-nobs with celebrity models and walks in Michael Kuluva’s Tumbler and Tipsy NYFW show — and takes us along for the ride.

Finding Yourself Again When You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis

Do you have that place you can go that makes you feel like… you? The place where your chronic condition doesn't matter, and you feel like you're more than your condition? For Charis, that place is Burning Man.

11 Myths of Ankylosing Spondylitis Explained

It is not rare. It is not just a man’s disease. And it is certainly not just back pain. We’re setting the record straight.

11 Possible Complications of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Because AS is progressive and systemic, it can impact many different parts of the body that you may not even know about.

How Potlucks Became My Social Life

Maintaining a social life with chronic illness isn’t easy — but potlucks can spark new friendships and rekindle old ones.

Ankylosing Spondylitis and My New Wheelchair

I used to dismiss the idea of using a wheelchair with, “I don’t need a wheelchair, I can walk!” Eventually, however, pain and fatigue isolated me so much that I saw the benefit of preserving my energy for more exciting activities than standing in lin...