Fourth Annual Red Shoe Day: A Day of Remembrance ~ July 25th

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 group, 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.

Red Shoe Day was founded by Global Lyme and Invisible Illness Organisation (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.

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!

Red Shoe Day Facebook Group:

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Red Shoes :
Allyb ThatsMe Poem turned to song by Laura Vitale :

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Written by Karen Smith ♥

Red Shoe Day Remembrance Items

Some patients don’t have red shoes and are too sick to get to the store to buy any. We made some Red Shoe Day Remembrance items you can order online. Some items will have Theda or Chrissy’s photo or name on them. These were used with their family’s permission. Some of these items are customizable and you can add your loved one’s name or photo. If you need help just ask us.  All proceeds go to the Global Lyme and Invisible Illness Organisation to support our causes.

One thought on “Fourth Annual Red Shoe Day: A Day of Remembrance ~ July 25th”

  1. I will be wearing my red sneakers in honor of my precious sister, Lucy Roughton Miller, who lost her life on April 12, 2015 due to Lyme and co-infections. At the time of her death, she was a Lyme Warrior, active in NatCapLyme, a Lyme support group leader in Winchester, Virginia. She never missed an opportunity to help another human struggling in life (Lyme or otherwise). Lucy was a beautiful, loving, and creative soul. The world is bleaker without her.

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