Anorexic woman was contemplating suicide until she got this exceptional cup of coffee

"When my anorexia is bad sometimes coffee is the only thing I can drink"
January 29, 2018 3:48 pm Last Updated: January 29, 2018 3:48 pm

Depression can be tough to spot. People have this idea in their head that people with depression are sad all the time and it’s super obvious. Yet the truth is that depressed people can have their happy days and, even when they are feeling down, they can be good at hiding it.

Looking at Bekah Georgy, you might not ever guess that she’s depressed but, in truth, depression is a major part of her life.

Posted by Bekah Georgy on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

By 2015, Georgy had already attempted suicide five times. She had starved herself for half of her life, trying to live up to unhealthy standards for her body image. Her anorexia had gotten to a point where she needed to wear a feeding tube at all times as a supplement to oral feeding. One day was particularly bad as she had just attended a doctor’s appointment and a therapy session, neither of which went well.

As she contemplated suicide once more, she paid a visit to a local Starbucks.

“When my anorexia is bad sometimes coffee is the only thing I can drink,” she wrote on The Mighty, “But I was afraid to consume even coffee that day.”

Dear rosewood when I come back I may need a coffee taper … Oops sorry it was my comfort !!!

Posted by Bekah Georgy on Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fortunately, her barista seemed to recognize something was up and wrote on her cup the word “smile.” This might seem like an incredibly small act to some but, for Georgy, it meant the world!

“You didn’t know me and you didn’t know my story,” she continued. “You were just going about your job, unaware that writing a minuscule word on my drink would change my day and possibly my life.

“Maybe you wrote ‘smile’ on my drink because you saw the feeding tube. Or maybe you could see past my fake smile because you’ve been where I am. Either way, I’m grateful.

“You didn’t have to make my order special. You could have treated me like another annoying customer. But you took that extra second to add some positivity to a life that’s been filled with so much negatively lately.”

Posted by Bekah Georgy on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Georgy’s anonymous letter to this Starbuck’s barista was her first ever contribution to The Mighty. Since then, she has submitted eight more articles to the website, serving as an advocate for anorexics and chronic illness sufferers.

Sadly her health hasn’t improved and she’s been diagnosed with several chronic illnesses since she wrote her open letter, but she hasn’t given up.

With faith in herself and the support of people around her (notably her mother), Bekah Georgy hasn’t let depression consume her.

It’s a long hard road to recovery but she’s going to get there and, if you want to help her out along the way, you can do so by contributing to her GoFundMe.

Posted by Bekah Georgy on Sunday, December 24, 2017