City & state: Warwick, Rhode Island

Age: 39

Pain warrior role: U.S. Pain advocate since year 2012

What type of health conditions you live with: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Chiari malformation, tethered cord syndrome, and arthritis

Favorite tip for others with chronic pain: “Get up and get out! Whatever it takes for me to get out of the house, wheelchair, walker, cane, or bracing, I know I do better when I stay active, even if ‘active’ means I’m encased in blankets in my wheelchair, at least I am out living life.”

What’s a fun fact about you: “When I’m feeling well enough I dress up in costumes for the Renaissance fair. I am also a disabled world traveler!”

Krista has been a leading advocate in the state of Rhode Island, and has been very active in working to set up events and tables throughout the years. She has played a large role in providing action and education, and is a prime example of living your life to the fullest.