Jordan is a 7th grader with celiac disease. With the help of Charity Connect, he started an online community for kids 18 and under who have celiac disease to share tips and support each other. Gecko Life, a safe, private, fun-to-use app will be hosting Celiac Chat. Please note that Celiac Chat will be private, invite only, and non-searchable on GeckoLife. Here is a link to a review of GeckoLife on common sense media, which rates the app for ages 8+ https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/geckolife
To join, please download the app and create an individual account. Email firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can invite you to join the Celiac Chat Canvas. A canvas is a place where we can post our thoughts and share ideas. We can create more canvases specific to different categories such as favorite gluten-free foods, best celiac-friendly restaurants, recipes, etc.
Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease. It is triggered by consuming a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the finger-like villi of the small intestine. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment. Left untreated, people with celiac disease are at-risk for serious health consequences, like other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, and even certain cancers. The treatment for celiac is a gluten-free diet.