Posted by Amanda Chapel
I'm sorry, I DON'T LIKE PEAS!
Okay, the following is a little bit of a rant. I'm calm now but still taste a hint of righteous bile. Listen, I don't care how popular "Peas" are presently. They're just wrong. It's a topic literally close to my heart.
For the record, I'm a survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August '04 and had a mastectomy that October. You'd be hard pressed to find someone more empathetic or more enthusiastic about Komen's Race for the Cure. I've walked. I've run. I've donated generously. I've helped raise money variously. And I've spent countless hours working with other women newly facing the words "you have cancer."
That said, I find all this Frozen Pea Fund, PEAvatars and the surrounding social-media fervor downright offensive.
For those of you not "live" on the grid, Susan Reynolds, an artist and self-styled social media maven, was diagnosed with breast cancer this last December. Two weeks later she too had a mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery.
The story really begins with the blog Susan started post surgery and the flash Web fire Twit extraordinaire Connie Reece then helped ignite. Susan had detailed her condition and included a photo of the bag of frozen peas peeking out from underneath her camisole. She also used that photo as her avatar on Twitter. And, with that, Connie and a few dozen other participants in the Twitter community began creating pea-themed photos and using them as their avatars. Arrrrgh.
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