About Charis/Contact Info

Charis is a chronic disease advocate, writer, and model who lives with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She graduated in 2009 from Meredith College, Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Sociology and minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She is also a self-titled Episcopal Geek and gives really good hugs. When able, she enjoys sewing, cooking (she’s vegan), gardening, soccer, running, and her two cats Dora and Juno.

Charis’ story has been featured in dozens of publications, including Arthritis Today Magazine, Mother Jones, and CNBC. She has spoken on healthcare panels, with pharmaceutical organizations, and in legislative hearings. In 2014, Charis was awarded the Progress in Policy Award by the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region for her efforts in Statewide and National legislative advocacy efforts (watch her in action).  She leads the Sacramento area Spondylitis Association of America Support Group, is on the CreakyJoints Patient Council, and is a speaker with the Stop Stigma Sacramento Speaker’s Bureau. Charis is additionally a member of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and will be a Deputy to the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.


Contact:

Charis is available for speaking engagements, awareness campaigns, press inquiries, and more.  Watch her September 2016 TEDx talk in Sacramento, CA. To see Charis in the news, please refer to the News & Media Mentions page.

Reach Charis at:  Charis.Anna.Hill[at]gmail.com

 

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5 thoughts on “About Charis/Contact Info”

  1. Charis – I loved reading your blog about AS. I was diagnosed with it 30 years ago and never read such an accurate description of what it is like to have AS and you described my symptoms and pain remarkedly on point. I appreciate all that you go through on a daily basis as you could have interchanged our names and it would be the same story. I would love to hear from you and more about your life and how you deal with it. I also have fibromyalgia, herniated discs, chronic pain syndrome and so on. I am 61, forced to retire from Disneyland and live in Southern California mountains in a cabin with my husband, two dogs and one cat. Write me back if you want as I would enjoy getting acquainted. Karen Anderson

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    1. Hi Karen! I’m so glad so much of this blog resonates with you. It’s always humbling to hear that so many people can relate to the same experiences. I hope to keep writing enough so that you can, indeed, learn more about how I manage and live with AS! Have you heard about the Spondylitis Association of America support groups? They are all led by people living with some form of Spondylitis. There is one in Van Nuys, perhaps it would be close enough for you to visit! You can learn more here: http://www.spondylitis.org/Community/Support-Groups

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  2. Hi… very interested/intrigued by the story about Walmart leaving Oriental. I’m a retired NC native living in Rocky Mount, NC. Spent a fair amount of time in Oriental in the past when I was an avid sailor and fell in love with Oriental . I spent 30 years in the newspaper business and am very familiar with Walmart’s tactics. The newspapers I managed wrote a number of editorials trying to inform residents of small towns regarding welcoming a Walmart store to their community.
    For what it’s worth… I’d be very interested in helping the family that owned the grocery store in any way should they decide to reopen…. as well as the town with media concerns.

    Sincerely,
    Marvin Pike

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