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Claire Richmond

Claire Richmond

COMMENTARY

I have to avoid all viruses, not just COVID-19. Social distancing helps keep me safe.

By: - March 17, 2020

When news of the COVID-19 contagion broke, I saw two distinct responses: zombie apocalypse-level panic and dismissal of the virus as a mild cold or flu. While the former is a bit unnerving, the latter was far more horrifying. You see, I’m one of those people with an underlying medical condition, who the CDC refers […]

Newly approved drug offers hope, but my fight continues

By: - February 27, 2020

I am battling a rare and painful neurological disorder, but thanks to a new FDA-approved drug, I now have hope. My fight, however, is far from over. My name is Claire Richmond. I’m 36, I’m from Des Moines and I live with acute hepatic porphyria. Now that an FDA-approved treatment is available, my life as I know it could […]