Hey--hug your son, shove your Mom, seriously. The Big D is not a requirement, I actually consider it a blessing...no Big D here and am full fledged celiac. Wahoo...a condition that can be controlled with diet is truly a blessing. Diagnosed in March, amazing turnaround but will be a lifelong journey. Duct tape had worked on many things and surely do like the new colors. Hematologist hit a home run. Love the man, ferritin was at 6...gave fatigue a whole new meaning. Had bouts of anemia all my life, but he said now, at my age, it shouldn't be happening. Held my back hand "age remark slap" and did the hug after diagnosis a week later! Bone note, all calcium were very uncomfortable, upper and lower GI. Not an authority by any means but have found anecdotal news very helpful Currently using Bone-Up with elemental calcium from microcrystalline hydrroxyapatte (Whew!) Oral iron supl constipated from car and calcium's were a close second!!!
Good luck...it is a journey and you are certainly not alone.