I had been sick most of my life because I didn’t know I had celiac disease. (it’s an autoimmune disorder that destroys the lining of the small intestine when you eat gluten). I didn’t discover the celiac until I was 35 years old. You see, I kept getting misdiagnosed. When I finally did find out what had been causing me to be so sick, the disease had already caused other health issues, like thyroid problems, IBS, the inability to absorb nutrients and my guts were not too happy either. Once I removed gluten from my diet, my intestines could start to heal. Staying away from gluten was definitely an improvement. I knew it could take 6 months to a year for the healing process. However, years went by and I was still having some health issues. There was a part of me that knew I didn’t have to feel sick anymore.