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J.K Rowling Responds to the Request of a Fan Who Self-Harms

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J.K. Rowling has never shied away from talking about her own experiences with depression, and has even been known to respond to fans going through a difficult time.

But on Wednesday, the “Harry Potter” author might have outdone herself.

Twitter user @AlwaysJLover tweeted at Rowling with the following note:

@jk_rowling this won’t take long, I promise.. I’ve been through (and I’m still going through) so many things in life, from sexual assault to bullying to attempted suicide 8 times. Im not proud of these things, but it’s who I am. I’m also trying my hardest to stop self-harming. It hurts my body, but it hurts my soul more. I know you won’t judge, that’s what I’m telling you this. Another reason why I’m telling you this is bc, through all the downs in my life, u helped me get through every single thing one way or another! You gave me a second chance, a third chance, you gave me so many chances in life and not taking them seriously wouldn’t be fair to you. I will never be able to thank you enough, Jo. I wanna get ‘expecto patronum’ tattooed on my wrist I usually cut the most, or somewhere else idk yet exactly, because I know that’s going to help me stop even if it takes a while. :’) Please Jo. i know I can slowly start to recover, but I need your help to do so. You’ve always been there & I know you’ll always be.  -Kate

She then added it would mean the world if she could get the tattoo in Rowling’s own handwriting.

Rowling delivered:

“I love that you’re working hard to heal and protect yourself,” she wrote. “You deserve this. I hope it helps.”

Recovery isn’t magic, but support like this can only help.

If you or someone you know needs help, see our suicide prevention resources.

If you need support right now, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

What’s a quote or phrase that gets you thought a tough time? Tell us in the comments below.

Lead photo source: J.K. Rowling

Originally published: May 11, 2016
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