In addition to strength training, Christine takes Pilates once a week and is serious about cardio, especially riding on the recumbent bike and walking. She’ll use the treadmill if she must, but when she’s home in Beverly Hills, she prefers to power walk around town for at least 45 minutes every morning with her husband. And she always treats herself afterward.

“I believe in reward! After a power walk I think, ‘OK, I did a great thing for my body and I deserve a reward,’” Christine says. “But you have to reward your body with good things to make you stay healthy. I love breakfast or coffee after a walk.”

Partly because she is in remission and partly because of a writing class she took – which helped her shape her book – Christine, now 64, is no longer in hiding. The act of writing her story helped her come to terms with her disease. Now, instead of focusing on her reporting career, she wants to focus on changing the way most people think about arthritis.

“To this day it is associated with being old and crippled. We just have to get rid of that perception,” she says. “It’s a whole different disease than when our parents had arthritis because there are so many good drugs out there, and also because people are exercising and eating healthier.”

Whereas once she silently supported arthritis research by writing checks at fundraisers, she is now ready to “wrap the arthritis flag around me” and use her Hollywood connections to shine a spotlight on arthritis research.

“People will stand up and say, ‘I have cancer,’ or ‘I am an alcoholic,’ and it’s a badge of courage. But major celebrities don’t come forward for arthritis. I want to change that. My whole world is glamour, and it’s time to make arthritis more glamorous.”

Coming Out of Hiding – In Style 

Looking your best when your rheumatoid arthritis flares is a no-fail moral booster, says style expert Christine Schwab, who offers these tips:

Slim a moon face. Grow your hair chin-length or longer. “The more hair you have, the more you can camouflage a puffy face and jaw line,” says Christine. Use a powder bronzer on your cheeks instead of a blush. It contours rather than draws attention.

Think angles. A shirt with an angled collar or earrings draw attention away from a round face.

Conceal puffy knees. Wear dark-colored loose pants or skirts that hit below the knee. And choose hose and shoes in the same shade.

Wear fingerless gloves – whether they’re made of lace, cotton or cashmere – to cover swollen fingers and knuckles. “They’re very chic,“ says Christine.

Forget about heels. You can’t wear them if your feet hurt. Instead, wear soft ballet-style flats when you dress up and add a pad for extra support. “I went to hundreds of black ties in flat, bendable shoes,” says Christine. For everyday wear, stick to classic loafers or low-heeled boots.