Coping With The Guilt in Coping with Celiac Disease Posted December 19, 2007 · Report to Admin I believe I was passed this from BOTH my parents, because my father's sister (my aunt) has it, and my mother has severe digestive problems that she claims are IBS. She won't even do the gluten-free challenge for a few weeks. Am I mad at them for "giving" this to me? Absolutely not. Sometimes I get mad that I have to deal with celiac in general and the inconvenience of it, but in another way it's been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I never cooked much before, and now I'm a passable cook and learning to be a fairly good baker. I used to eat out all the time, now I virtually never do. I eat about 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day. I've lost 30 pounds (I'm overweight) and am still losing. Believe it or not, I eat a variety of foods that I would not have eaten before. The acne I had since I was 11 has cleared up. I used to suffer from severe insomnia. I also used to have a binge eating disorder, where I ate extraordinarily large quantities of food in private. That problem has completely vanished. In short, it's made me so much healthier. In addition, being able to deal with this with other members of the family is a blessing. Because my aunt, brother and I all avoid gluten, we have someone to share good foods, bad foods, recipes, etc.