Stranger leaves anorexic woman beautiful note to help her recovery: can you help find her?
The letter of support Rose was given by a stranger on the train (Picture: The Recover Clinic)

Sometimes all it takes is one small act of kindness to brighten your day.

For one woman, however, a stranger’s gesture of goodwill had a moving impact on her motivation to recover from anorexia.

Rose is currently a patient of The Recover Clinic, which offers recovery programs for those with eating disorders.

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She is suffering with anorexia, which can be a very visible illness. Recently, as she travlled by train to an outpatient clinic in Brighton to begin a day of treatment, she was approached by a stranger and handed a letter.

The words it contained showed that the stranger was openly acknowledging Rose’s struggle and offering her honest compassion.

It was clear to Rose that the stranger felt compelled to offer support and encourage her in her recovery.

The stranger saw Rose sitting close by and silently handed the letter to her before swiftly walking away.

What did the letter say?

‘Hello, I’m really sorry if writing this letter is a step out of line. If it is, please feel free to put it in the bin! The last thing I want to do is upset or offend you.

Everyone goes through troubles in life, some more serious than others. I can’t help but notice yours and I’m so sorry- it must be difficult to wear your troubles, to have them appear as something so physically apparent.

Again, I do not know you and even though I can guess what you are going through I am not 100% certain and am really sorry if I’ve upset you.

All I can say is- they’re lying. The thoughts in your head aren’t your friend-they want you dead. So in case you haven’t got your daily dose of “YOU CAN DO THIS!” this letter is it.

It’s not easy- believe me I know. However you will get through this. Keep fighting. One day you’ll realise you have more good days than bad. One day you’ll realise recovery is so in reach and its so so worth it. NEVER GIVE UP. There is always someone out there who loves you and cares.

Please take care of yourself today xxx You’re beautiful, even if you can’t see it.’

Rose was moved by the impact a stranger’s kindness and goodwill had, and was inspired to share her story to help others going through recovery from eating disorders.

The message she received from the stranger’s kind act was that, although recovery can feel lonely, there are always people out there who want to help and support you, whatever your circumstances.

The clinic has launched a search on social media, using the hashtag #RosesLetter, in a bid to find the stranger and thank her for her kindness.

As it’s #EDAW2017 we wanted to share this powerful letter given to one of our clients, ‘Rose’, by a complete stranger on a train. Although Rose wishes to remain anonymous, the letter had a huge impact on her. She wanted to share it to show others in #edrecovery that although it can be lonely, there are always people out there who want to help and support you. Please share – it would be amazing if the wonderful woman who wrote it could know how much of an impact she had on ‘Rose’. #RosesLetter ❤️ “Hello, I’m really sorry if writing this letter is a step out of line. If it is, please feel free to put it in the bin! The last thing I want to do is upset or offend you.
Everyone goes through troubles in life, some more serious than others. I can’t help but notice yours and I’m so sorry- it must be difficult to wear your troubles, to have them appear as something so physically apparent.
Again, I do not know you and even though I can guess what you are going through I am not 100% certain and am really sorry if I’ve upset you.
All I can say is- they’re lying. The thoughts in your head aren’t your friend-they want you dead. So in case you haven’t got your daily dose of “YOU CAN DO THIS!” this letter is it.
It’s not easy- believe me I know. However you will get through this. Keep fighting. One day you’ll realise you have more good days than bad. One day you’ll realise recovery is so in reach and its so so worth it. NEVER GIVE UP. There is always someone out there who loves you and cares.
Please take care of yourself today xxx You’re beautiful, even if you can’t see it.” ☀️ #recovery #edaw #edawareness @projectheal_uk @recovrywarriors @iskra @gurlstalk @theashleygraham @projectheal @thepouf

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The public have been encouraged to share the posts so that the stranger can be found and thanked.

We’ll provide an update, should the stranger get in touch with the clinic.

What is anorexia?

Sufferers don't have an accurate body image (Picture: Getty)
Sufferers don’t have an accurate body image (Picture: Getty)

Anorexia involves inadequate food intake leading to low weight.

Self esteem can become overly related to body weight and shape.

And there is an intense fear of weight gain and fat, and obsession with behaviours preventing weight gain.

Even when very unwell, it is common for someone with anorexia to be unable to appreciate the severity of the situation.

To avoid food, the individual can become uncharacteristically deceptive.

They may say they’re not hungry, or they’ve already eaten, and they can become very socially isolated as many social situations revolve around food.

Credit: Frances Coleman-Williams

The Recovery Clinic will be launching an app, Recover & Me, this week, which promotes a holistic approach to recovery from eating disorders and includes features such as meditations and therapeutic video sessions.