Friday, December 21

Twittering Peas: Frozen Pea Friday


The first time I wrote about Twitter, it was less than flattering. But like so much of social media, communities have a tendency to shape themselves. Twitter has since proven itself to me, and it is now proving itself again with peas.

I have to be honest and say that I have yet to have the pleasure of knowing Susan Reynolds, an artist and new media consultant battling a dominant magpie gene and cancer. But thanks to those I do know through Twitter, I know a little more about her today.

You can too by visiting the Frozen Pea Fund, which was inspired by Reynolds. There, you will learn about her experiences and perhaps consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society. For me, making a donation was second nature. Living with my grandparents was pretty enlightening.

My grandmother survived with cancer for more than decade. She was extremely courageous, raising myself and her youngest of five children, in-between hospital visits that were frequent enough to become second nature. In the process, she taught me a little bit more about life by confronting her death on a daily basis.

She did not have the Internet to share her experiences. But if she did, I suspect she might have been as brave as Reynolds and shared them for the benefit of others. You see, she knew how it worked: no one ever really understands cancer until they are touched by someone close to them. And for that, I'm grateful that Reynolds has chosen to touch so many. I hope you will touched too.

It's about time we found a cure. Don't you think?

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3 comments:

Rich on 12/21/07, 1:33 PM said...

More words:

Here is a direct link to the the growing pool of Flickr photos...

http://www.flickr.com/groups/562264@N25/pool/

Connie Reece on 12/25/07, 6:13 PM said...

Rich, thanks for helping to spread the word about the Frozen Pea Fund and for sharing the story of your grandmother. I'll bet she would have been a great encouragement to many had she been able to reach out to others on the Internet.

Rich on 12/26/07, 9:34 AM said...

Thank you Connie.

It is an absolutely amazing thing you have done. You continue to be an inspiration.

Best,
Rich

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