This year, as well as wearing your red shoes or organising a ‘get together’ (whether that be a gathering at the beach, having a BBQ, or even a small morning tea at home), we would also like to ask you to write to your local newspaper to invite them to print a story about, ‘Red Shoe Day: A Day of Remembrance’. Below is an introduction to Red Shoe Day that you can copy for the beginning of your article. Please be sure to add in your personal story, and why you are wearing Red Shoes, so that the newspaper will see how this is relevant to them locally. Let us know if your article gets printed so that we can add it to our website!
David Eagleman wrote: “There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.”
Thank you for joining us to prolong the last and final death of friends and loved ones by always speaking their name!
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Red Shoe Day: A Day of Remembrance ~ July 25th
On Red Shoe Day: A Day of Remembrance, patients from the invisible illness community around the world wear their Red Shoes, and post a picture of them to an online facebook event page, along with their memories and/or messages to friends and families of loved ones lost. A number of people also hold casual get-togethers in order to celebrate the lives and remember loved ones no longer with us. After each event, the pictures and messages that are sent / uploaded o facebook are then added to the website.
Red Shoe Day was founded by Global Lyme and Invisible Illness Organization (GLilo) in memory of Australian Lyme Patient, Theda Myint who left this earth on the 25th July 2013. The Inaugural Red Shoe Day was held on the 25th July 2014, and this day has quickly becoming established as an annual Remembrance Day to remember not only Theda, but all those lost to Lyme and other invisible illnesses - such as ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia - around the world.
In the broad sense of the term, invisible illnesses are those that are generally ‘invisible’, not only from the outward appearance of the person, but also seemingly invisible to appropriate research, treatment and care of the thousands of people that are living with them. Many living with these illnesses are also "invisible" to society, as their health is such that they are confined to their houses (and many to their beds) for months, even years.
The online communities and support groups are a lifeline to many who are unable to leave their beds/houses and the people within these communities/groups understand the struggles and adversity with very little explanation. Finding ‘someone like you’, leads to many friendships being developed, and the loss of someone from this community is felt by many, even those on the other side of the world.
The reason I am writing this article today is that I would appreciate if you could help us bring ‘Invisible into the Light. To remember those our community has lost, as well as give hope of recognition to those who are still fighting for treatment and better health.
I wore/will be wearing my Red Shoes / having a gathering for .... (fill in your story here)
You can visit our shop to purchase a shirt with Theda or Chrissy on it , or you can customize one with someone you lost.