Married 40 years (I like to say it's an accomplishment in these days of difficulty of relationships remaining intact.) I teach and write on spiritual matters.
I was diagnosed in 2000 by an endoscopy showing atrophied villi. It's all hazy now, so I don't recall having been told to stop gluten, although I must have because lactose tolerance disappeared. Unexpected and oh so nice!
But with no symptoms, I didn't take gluten avoidance seriously enough until a 2010 endoscopy with bad-news villi and IgA still high at 44. Then became serious; in 2012 IgA reduced to 8, but villi were not only still badly atrophied, but collagenous sprue was added to diagnosis.
I embarked upon a severe effort to restrict ALL gluten with success. Found a local alternative medicine practitioner who's actually knowledgeable about Celiac. Been gluten shortly after beginning this effort. Nice!