Christine Schwab details her struggle with rheumatoid arthritis in her memoir, Take Me Home from the Oscars. She had worked exceptionally hard to earn her place in show business, uphold her public persona, and maintain a successful marriage at the same time. Throughout it all, Christine hid her daily struggle with severe pain from nearly everyone.
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While working in an industry that has no tolerance for signs of age, she lived in constant fear of losing her career if anyone found out about her disease or treatments. In hopes of finding a permanent cure and dispelling, the stigma society has attached to this crippling disease; Christine has become the spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation.