By the time Lilly Stairs was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis at the age of 19 — following an arduous series of tests and doctor visits — she had already been living with an autoimmune disease for 12 years.
Diagnosed with psoriasis at age 7, Stairs was no stranger to the amorphous nature of autoimmune disease, including its penchant for misdiagnosis, generally unknown causes and the litany of failed therapies before reaching an effective regimen. However, Stairs does not recall being told that one autoimmune disease increases the risk of developing others — an oversight brought into focus when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease 6 months after her PsA diagnosis.
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