Claire Richmond,  —

Claire Richmond was diagnosed with acute intermittent porphyria in 2017 after living with unexplained pain for 19 years. She was 32 years old and quickly learned there’s no guidebook for incorporating a strange rare disease into her life. When she could no longer work full time, she struggled to find her purpose. That’s when she began to write. Claire hopes speaking her truth will build connections and generate hope. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with her family and rescue poodle.

Articles by Claire Richmond

Using Mindful Self-compassion to Enjoy My Good Days

Like many with chronic illness, I can function in high pain and with low energy. Living with acute hepatic porphyria (AHP), I’ve grown accustomed to carrying its weight around with me, to showing up in the world as if discomfort and fatigue haven’t colonized in my body. Every…

Fighting for My Last Vice: My Morning (Decaf) Coffee

I love coffee, but it doesn’t play well with my acute hepatic porphyria (AHP). Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, and in recent years I’ve grown more sensitive to its effects. My AHP already causes me anxiety, irregular blood pressure, and insomnia, and as much as I may…