Wednesday, July 25, 2018
International Red Shoe Day
Sometimes our lives are touched by friends who, though they are only able to stay a while, continue to live in our hearts and memories forever.
Red shoe day, held on July 25th, is to remember all those we have lost to invisible illness such as Lyme, ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia and the many more illnesses that are invisible. 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 are also an excellent source of information for those looking for support in discussing treatment pathways and coping strategies. 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.
We would therefore like to encourage the view that whilst the 25th of July is for remembering all those lost, it is not only to remember their passing, it also to celebrate their life and to remember and share the wonderful memories their time on this earth gave us.
On July 25th, wear your Red Shoes in memory of those who now walk elsewhere.
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