I was diagnosed in Oct but I was in some denial for a while. In fact, several months ago, I even posted here how once in a while I would still consume gluten, in the hopes that I would have "gotten over" it, or maybe thinking the dr was wrong and I would be fine.
I am happy to say that kind of thinking is gone and I have been 100% gluten free (aside from accidents) for some time now.
I am diligent and I make sure to ask questions where ever I go. I am not worried about hurting people's feelings when I kindly decline to eat food they have made or brought to parties. I don't worry about participating in eating a group lunch at work.
My friends, family and coworkers understand when and why I decline. Sure, some people still don't get it, some people even still think it is in my head, or that I am over reacting, but I really don't care. They can think what they want, they are not the ones who get sick.
In the beginning, yes, I got sick when I ate gluten but I was so used to it before I was diagnosed that I did it any way. I used to brag about how I wasn't THAT sensitive that a little CC would bother me. It is so different now. I can tell within 30 mins if I had some fries that was cooked in the same oil as say, chicken fingers. Once, I buttered a gluten-free bagel with the butter in the fridge that I CLEARLY labeled as MOM's BUTTER..DO NOT USE! and I was sick an hour later. I found out my husband had used that butter for toast, re-dipping his knife. He really didn't think it would affect me.
I ate gluten-free shrimp scampi at a restaurant and was VERY VERY sick the next day. I called and found out that they cook the gluten-free pasta in the same water as regular pasta! Some places and people simply do not know.
I just came off of a week long migraine after eating at a cookout at my sister's house. It was the worst migraine ever. Even when I am careful, sometimes things happen but I am realizing that this is for the rest of my life and I accept it.