Charis Hill

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.

Latest Articles by Charis Hill

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Do I Need a Specialist for My Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Why your primary care doctor isn’t the best person to handle your treatment

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"Try Guy" Zach Kornfeld Talks AS

Along with Zach Kornfeld three YouTube partners, he'll try anything. Now he's trying a healthier life with ankylosing spondylitis.

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A Martian With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Find out how this scientist roams Mars while also living with ankylosing spondylitis in our compelling interview with Dr. Tanya N. Harrison, Ph.D.

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Tips For Flying With Ankylosing Spondylitis

For a smooth journey — from security to baggage claim — here’s what you should know about plane travel with ankylosing spondylitis.

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Tips for Flying With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Catching a plane? Here’s what to know before you go about flying with ankylosing spondylitis — including what to pack and how to navigate airline policies.

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At Burning Man She Could Be Herself Again

Do you have that place you can go that makes you feel like you? The place where your chronic illness doesn't matter. For Charis, that place is Burning Man.

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11 Ankylosing Spondylitis Myths Debunked

Learn the truth behind 11 common misconceptions people have about the inflammatory spine disease ankylosing spondylitis.

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11 Complications of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Because AS is progressive and systemic, it can impact many different parts of the body. These are the potential complications you should know about.