I am a relatively new celiac-aware person. I had gone 18 years with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and had gotten to the point of disability. I am now regaining all that was lost. I am involved in physical therapy at the moment, learning to walk again (due to lack of use), and feeling better than I have in years. I am sensitive to many foods, including fresh fruits, some fresh vegetables, and all grains. I have minimal intestinal involvement. All of my symptoms involve neurological irritation.
My parents both died at early ages from complications of celiac disease. All three of my daughters are negatively affected by gluten intolerance to some degree, as well as all six of my grandchildren.
Celiac disease is very real in my life.
As complicated as life can get, I live a fairly normal, uncomplicated life as an artist and writer.