Rebecca shows how she overcame anorexia and receives praises

A British woman has shared catchy photos on Twitter that show how she overcame anorexia. Rebecca Hackfath (25) from Leicestershire looked death at her low point but still managed to fight back and start a new life. In the meantime, her tweet has been liked 50,000 times and has nothing but admiring reactions.

“I’m not posting this for validation and I’m probably going to get backlash for posting this, but I’m posting this because this has been my biggest achievement in my life,” the young woman wrote with the photo. “If you would have told me at the age of 19 that I would have been following the training as a nurse a few years later, I would probably have laughed at you. I can hardly believe how I grew as a person.”

Sheet by bone

Rebecca came from very deep. She was a teenager when her eating disorder first emerged and she lost weight until she was literally skin and bone and could barely walk. “When I was diagnosed, I thought my life was over,” she says on her blog. “I had to stop my education at the university and was admitted to the hospital several times. The only thing I could think of was the constant fear that I would recover. It was not real life, but survival. I was a wreck. And I didn’t think I’d ever get better.”

It was her family and the professional help she received that helped her through it. “I was probably only a few months away from my death,” she continues. “Anorexia almost cost me my life, but they saved me. Despite the fact that I was rebelling enormously at that time. I’m glad they could handle that. There are no words that can express how grateful I am and how blessed I feel.”

“The therapists and nurses helped me eat through every bite and offered support every time I had to stand on the scales,” it sounds. “There were countless moments when it seemed easier just to give up. But they helped me through it. They believed in me when I couldn’t believe in myself. I am where I am today thanks to them.”

It was those caregivers who also inspired her to study psychiatric nursing. “Anorexia has made me the person I am today,” she says on Twitter. “Someone who can’t wait to help others who experience the same. I remember thinking that anorexia would cost me my life (and that was almost the case). I was scared to eat and even to drink water. Every night I was afraid that I would not wake up the next morning. I remember how desperately I wanted to get better, but I thought it would not work.”

She, therefore, has an essential message for fellow sufferers: “To everyone who is recovering from an eating disorder or who are still fighting it: it will get better someday, I promise.”

The tweet provoked nothing but admiration on Twitter and Rebecca was called “an inspiration” by many. “I am never negative or mean to someone who changes his or her life. I love positive vibes and wish you all the best,” it sounded. And someone else wrote: “You appeared in my feed and I’m happy about that. I want you to know that you look beautiful. Everything you do is fantastic and if you ever get criticism, let me know. I support you.”


Some were also moved by the story of Rebecca. “Darling, I don’t know you, but the tears run down my cheeks when I see your photos. You are incredible. Thank you for sharing this.”

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