About Charis/Contact Info

Charis is a disabled chronic disease advocate, writer, speaker and model living 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 and media outlets including Arthritis Today Magazine, Mother Jones, CNBC, and in an upcoming documentary, Becoming Incurable (currently in post-production). She is a Women’s March (Sacramento) and TEDx speaker and 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.  She leads the Sacramento area Spondylitis Association of America Support Group, and is on the CreakyJoints Patient Council. Charis is additionally a member of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and was a Deputy to the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.

Charis is available for speaking engagements, awareness campaigns, press inquiries, and more.

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

Connect on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

To see Charis in the news, please refer to the News & Media Mentions page.



15 thoughts on “About Charis/Contact Info”

  1. Charis,
    Thank you for being a voice. Many have no idea what AS is and how it can affect a person. I was diagnosed at 19 and doctors thought that it was all in my head, I found it very frustrating as well as unfair. I played sports growing up and was very active. To have been diagnosed with this freaked me out. But each day is a new day and I will not let this overcome me. In the last two months my 7 year old son was also diagnosed with this. It’s been very hard for him recently and we are trying to find ways for him to understand while staying strong. This has been very hard for him, breaks my heart. Once again I want to thank you for your voice and words of encouragement.
    Thank you,
    Haley Hale


      1. Currently we have a lot of family and our rheumatologist. But I haven’t really found anything online yet. My mother tagged me on an article about you the other day.


        1. The Spondylitis Association of America is a great resource and has support groups (USA) on their site in addition to reliable information. Spondylitis.org. There are also a lot of private groups on Facebook for people with AS/SpA.
          I hope you are able to find both informational and emotional/community support soon!


  2. Hi Charis!
    Just wanna say thank you for your work with making AS more ‘visible’. I’m from Sweden, I was diagnosed 18 months ago and I recently found out about you 💕❤.


      1. Chris,
        I’m not sure if I am doing this right but I wanted to thank you for your articles. I am newly diagnosed with AS. At first I thought it would just be a mild discomfort but some days I can’t walk. It’s terrifying. I rode in the MS-150 two years ago and now I can barely make it upstairs some days. Assist walking devices and a wheelchair felt like the end of trying and giving up but after reading your article I’m considering using them without feeling embarrassed. I hope you have a pain better day. Thanks again James


        1. Hi James. Yes, you did it correctly! Bravo. I’m so glad you shared a little bit of your own story here. I’m so sorry you are struggling so much with AS and that it has affected you so heavily and quickly. Please keep me posted on how you continue to adapt to those assistive devices, both physically and emotionally. I think we all go through that phase where we feel we’re losing more by using the darn things, but then eventually we can get to the point where we realize how much more they allow us to live! I do hope to hear more from you soon. Take care,


  3. 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


    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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  4. 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.

    Marvin Pike

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