For those struggling with depression and anxiety, sometimes all it takes to turn things around is one kind word from a stranger. Bekah Georgy of Manchester, New Hampshire has battled depression, anorexia, and anxiety for most of her life. She’s felt so hopeless and low she attempted to end her life a staggering five times. She’s ended up in the hospital and rehabilitation facilities several times.
On this particular day in 2014, Bekah just finished a grueling therapy session. She was on a downward spiral with her mental health and anorexia. As she’d felt before, the young woman thought herself at yet another crossroads in life. She decided to end it all; this time for real.
Beckah loves ballet dancing, theater, and coffee. Indeed, looking at her photos on social media, you see a lovely smiling young woman. The images don’t show the struggle that lies beneath. A battle perhaps many of us fight each day too.
Whenever her eating disorder became uncontrollable, the only thing Bekah could hold down was coffee. After leaving her doctor’s office, she headed to Starbucks for a coffee. Who knew that one stop would save her life that terrible day?
When she received her order, instead of writing Bekah’s name on the cup, the barista wrote one simple word: “Smile!!”