I am a 63 year old woman who has been Celiac all my life, of course, but only recognized it myself 13 years ago. I discovered my gluten intolerance by accident because I was looking for something else in the Merc Manual. I live in an area of the South that does not believe in Celiac Disease, so professional care in that subject is very scarce. I am one of the Celiacs who store the fat, so I struggle with obesity. I am now comfortable with my limitations.