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Most pre-teens and teens get to celebrate parties and school functions with birthday cake, pizza and chocolate chip cookies. For teens with celiac disease, a lifelong disorder of the digestive system, these foods aren't always the treats that most people think they are. Why? Because they usually contain a type of protein called gluten, which causes problems for people with celiac disease.
Cel-Teens is a forum where pre-teens and teens can get together and talk about their experiences with Celiac Disease. A place where there is no judgment, discrimination and not having to feel different because everyone understands what its like to have Celiac Disease. Some of you may have been diagnosed as young children and some of you may have been recently diagnosed. Either way it can be an adjustment. Cel-Teens is the way to discuss the likes, dislikes and general frustrations of having Celiac Disease as well as having a little bit of fun, which I think is the best part!
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is the common term for a group of proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and grains derived from them or having different names like triticale, durum, kamut, semolina, and spelt. Grains are so common in our diet that gluten is second only to sugar as our most commonly consumed ingredient. Most of you know this already and have explained it many times to many different people, but this new group is a way to talk about this and share experiences.
If you have any questions, please contact Denise at 720-427-0774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Times and locations for the following TBD:
Event dates are all to be determined and events are limited but to include:
- Climbing wall at REI
- Gluten free Pizza making night
- Assisting younger Cel-Kids at the Celiac Walk in October
- Haunted House
- Gluten Free Cooking Class
- Denver Art Museum
- High Tea at Pots Tea in Highlands Ranch
I am open to ideas and all this can be discussed at the Celiac Picnic where we will be meeting briefly for the first time. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
These events are geared to be open to pre-teens and teens only. Parents are welcome to stay and at some events assistance will be needed, but mostly we are trying to keep this a pre-teen/teen event so they are comfortable discussing their opinions, emotions and experiences without the presence of parents. Mostly so they may speak freely and openly.
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