Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Update and Thank You: The Dorothy Shoe Project

WOW. That's the only word that comes to mind when I look at my email Inbox. When I first envisioned The Dorothy Shoe Project in the wee hours of Thursday morning I could never have imagined the level of response that has come in over the past few days.

I'm really touched by all the amazing emails I have received. 

For those who have shared their stories, thank you for your trust. So much heartache and sadness, but also a resilience and strength that I hope you can recognise and be proud of. I hope participation in the project can bring some happiness and joy your way.

For those who have shared your photo plans, thank you for making me laugh and bringing a smile to my face. I'm loving all the ideas and can't wait to see them come to fruition.

For those who have shared the project with others through FB, Twitter, personal blogs, web pages, or local support groups, thank you. Seeing the Dysautonomia community come together to share the joy is truly inspiring.

For those who have offered their help and support, thank you. Your aid will make this project possible.

As I write, I have emails from approximately 100 people, from 8 different countries, interested in participating. An amazing response by any stretch of the imagination. Remember to share the project with any Dysautonomia patients you think may want to participate.

It has become apparent that the project will require a bit more than just me in my pjs organising things from my couch, so any suggestions for any businesses/organisations that may want to support the project are welcome. I am in the process of nutting out just what will be required to facilitate the project, and will hopefully have a plan organised soon.

At this stage just send your name and country to rustyhoe@thedorothyshoeproject.com so I can get an idea of numbers for planning. I am hoping to reply to everyone as soon as possible but may have to employ Thor as my PA and teach Freyja to make coffee (thanks for the idea Jane) given the current level of response. Now if only Great Danes had opposable thumbs. After a number of requests I have also added a snail mail address to the Contacts at the top of blog.

Full details of the project, and how to participate can be found HERE.

Claire over at Walking for Wisdom has written a great post Raising Awareness and bringing joy with a pair of sparkly, red shoes, about the project. While you're there check out her amazing and inspiring trip across the Camino Frances, 800km from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Kristina over at Defying Gravity has also written a great post The Dorothy Shoe Project, love the song at the end. Thanks for spreading the word Kristina :)

If anyone else blogs about the project, please let me know so I can link you up.

Once again a huge Thank You to everyone.

Michelle :)

And a little Florence and The Machine for a bit of crazy, creative inspiration.


  1. Don't forget to promote the webpage. The map of people's locations is starting to take shape :)


  2. Mr Grumpy - see you're not just a pretty face honey, you're also the brains of the outfit! Thanks for the reminder :)

  3. Hi Michelle, Great idea! I just posted about the dorothy shoe project on my blog, Where Did I Get This Lemon (wheredidigetthislemon.blogspot.com). You always come up with the best ideas. Thanks for all you do!

  4. This is so great! You are amazing :) Which is why I nominated you for this blog award http://www.sheribomb.com.au/2012/01/liebster-omine.html


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