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Depressed Teen Plans To Take Her Own Life When Barista Writes A Note On Her Starbucks Cup

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

Bekah Georgy of Salem, New Hampshire, loves dogs, ballet, and spending time with her loved ones. She’s also been battling anorexia for most of her young life.

She tried to kill herself five times.

In a story she told to The Mighty in October 2015, Bekah recounted a particularly difficult day when life seemed too difficult to bear. Those terrible, tragic, suicidal thoughts came flooding back to the surface.

In the midst of it all, Bekah went to her local Starbucks for a cup of iced coffee.

The barista took her order, but instead of scribbling Bekah’s name on the cup like most Starbucks employees do, this time was different.

“You were just going about your job, unaware that writing a minuscule word on my drink would change my day and possibly my life…”

Scroll down to see what Bekah saw handwritten on her coffee cup.

[H/T: The Mighty]

Bekah Georgy of Salem, New Hampshire, is, on the outside, an energetic young woman who loves dogs and spending time with her loved ones.

Bekah is an incredibly talented and passionate ballet dancer.

But she has also been battling anorexia for most of her young life, along with multiple chronic illnesses, such as gastroparesis and seizures.

“When you look at me, you might assume I’m happy, bubbly, outgoing, and full of life. But you don’t really see the complete me. You wouldn’t know that behind this plastered smile is a girl who has broken and fallen to pieces.

You wouldn’t know this girl had so much self-hate, she starved herself for over half her young life.

Or that she’s tried to end her own life five times.”

Coffee has always been an important part of Bekah’s life. It gives her energy, keeps her brain sharp, and makes her feel less foggy.

Sometimes, when her eating disorder feels out of control, she says coffee is the only beverage she can drink.

In October 2015, Bekah visited her local Starbucks to grab an iced coffee, one of her favorite drinks.

This was a particularly horrible day, filled with painful procedures.

Those terrible, tragic, suicidal thoughts were flooding back to the surface, even as she walked into the store.

But in a post she shared on Facebook, Bekah recounted a simple interaction inside the Starbucks that changed the course of her life.

The barista took her order. But instead of scribbling Bekah’s name on the cup, as most Starbucks employees do, this time was different.

“Dear barista,

You didn’t know me and you didn’t know my story. Most importantly, you probably didn’t know writing the simple word ‘smile’ on my order would change my day for the better. When you look at me, you might assume I’m happy, bubbly, outgoing and full of life. But you don’t really see the complete me.

You wouldn’t know that behind this plastered smile is a girl who has broken and fallen to pieces.

You wouldn’t know this girl had so much self-hate, she starved herself for over half her young life.

Or that she’s tried to end her own life five times.”

“I’m guessing you didn’t know these past few weeks, and that day particularly, had been extremely hard.

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.”

“You see, my day consisted of a horrible doctor’s appointment and a horrible therapy session.

I was filled with hopelessness, and my suicidal thoughts were getting worse.

When my anorexia is bad sometimes coffee is the only thing I can drink.

But I was afraid to consume even coffee that day.”

“If I hadn’t encountered that cup, I could have done more damage to myself that night.”

“When I read that word, I couldn’t help but smile, literally.”

“A simple act of kindness can mean the world to someone. It can provide hope for the hopeless.

Now I plan to pass this hope along.”

“So barista, thank you. Thank you for turning my day around.”

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that can make the greatest difference.

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