in November 2003:
Dear frank - may you
make a speedy recovery. I relate to what your going
through. Have your faith in the higher power. Believe in you knowing
that through your inner strength you will come through. Generations
of children/adults look up to you - even more since your "down
time" - find your place in society by being respected for your
abilities and your ideas. A suggestion is by helping in some sporting
way children/adults (training, teaching, lecturing). Something like
this would help towards giving you a sense of belonging.
Much love frank - i am a woman of colour and also 41yrs old. I have
observed you on/off through your boxing career and your personal
life - as the media has seen fit. I believe you need a sense of
direction and to find something you enjoy doing that is part of
you that does not need changing. This surely lies in the sporting
arena. "it's not over 'til the fat lady sings"
Achieve again, frank! Love Joan James, London … 1
I was so sorry to hear that you weren't well, and
wanted to wish you a speedy recovery. I hope everything works out
ok for you. I always remember as a kid I really loved to see you
on TV - remember those brown sauce adverts?! Good luck Frank, and
take care of yourself.
Vickey, Belfast ...3 November 2003
Frank, you have been great to receive this treatment and to continue
to have Counselling. Life is tough, even for a boxer,
everyone is human and we all have to take the rough with the smooth.
Continue whatever help is available for you and get better very
soon. Your Kids are there for you along with all your friends and
supporters. Great that you are positive about getting back into
Pantomine. I wish you well in your search for a new partner. Don't
rush into anything. I have been there and come out alright Good
luck, Jackie Manning, Surrey... 3 November 2003
Hi Frank, its time to channel your
efforts now in helping break the taboo black people
have around the subject of mental illness. We black people are disproportionately
susceptible to stress and anxiety but we fail to seek help due to
the stigma surrounding the topic. You have shown that mental illness
can be normal. It can be a genuine coping strategy to avoid other
more serious illnesses. Well done Frank and I hope that knowing
you are still loved by all your fans including myself, will keep
you motivated toward your new directed goal. Best of luck and should
you wish to have a free Indian Head massage then email me as that
is my speciality de-stressing people.
Mike Lewis, Catford ...3 November 2003
Nice to see a real gent
on the road to recovery. Good luck Frank.
Royce Callister, Onchan Isle of Man ... 3 November 2003
Mr Bruno, Having gone through a divorce with
two and a half year old twins, then one year later
been sentenced to imprisemont for a driving offence (no one hurt,
just the law of the land here) followed this week by the death of
an old girlfriend of cancer at 43-hold on as when everything looks
so awful something good is just around the corner. I wish i could
hug you and tell you that life gets better and it will-beleive me.
With every best wish in the world and if you ever need a bolthole
my house in the isle of man is always open to you. When you are
in trouble sometimes you need to reflect but don't ever think everyone
has forgotten you-we don't and your children love you so much. With
best wishes Alan Ackers, isle of man ... 3 November 2003
Frank, i wish you all the luck with your recovery
, i have watched you fight on tv as well as stay up most
of the night waiting to follow your fights on the radio,boxing has
never been the same since you hung up your gloves.My dream was to
box but i never followed my dream,you did and became the king of
the ring,you are part of our british history i am very proud of
what you have done for british boxing.I still have a dream but this
time i,m going to follow my dream i am going to get fit as i am
6ft 3 and 23 stone i want to be normal not an object people poke
fun at,this is a very big challenge to me as i have been fighting
my weight for many years,if you still want a challenge frank then
you could help me fight this battle,if anyone can get me fit you
can,.anyway best of luck frank.. Matthew Leggett, STEVENAGE
, HERTS ... 3 November 2003
I've just seen Frank's interview with Trevor
McDonald on ITV and the man is a star. I hope we
will see him in the ring again one day, but even if we don't he's
going to be in the history books with the greatest sporting personalities
of all time - I would certainly put him in the same category as
Mohammed Ali: and Britain should be proud of this remarkable man.
Jonathan, London ... 3 November 2003
I saw your interview with Trevor Mc'Donald
tonight and was very touched and moved to send you
this 'get well soon' message. My son went through the same experience
and is now well and doing fine. You will recover too - especially
as you have so much love and support aaround you. I admire your
bravery and courage in telling your story in the face of widespread
prejudice and ignorance. Best wishes for the future. Yvonne
Joseph, London ... 3 November 2003
Dear Frank Bruno, Thank you for having the
goodwill and courage to expose yourself regarding your recent ill
heath. You were lucid,candid and did a great job.
I am sure that we are not alone in wishing you a full and speedy
recovery. Best Wishes.
The Eagle Family, The Eagles of East Hendred, East Hendred Oxon
... 3 November 2003
Hello Frank, I just want to say that I was
delighted to see you on television last night with Mr Trevor Mc
Donald. You looked so well. You were very right
is saying that "it can happen to any-one" by going into
a mental health hospital. I myself suffer from depression but I'm
well now and life is much much better. You are like a big Teddy
Bear Frank & I'm so glad to see you back home. I also want to
say is to look after yourself Frank and may God be with you. I want
to wish you all the best in the future. I wish you good health and
happiness also and hope you can get back to leading a normal life
Norma Brighid Bell, Co.Armagh. Northern Ireland... 3 November 2003
Dear Frank, After watching your interview
with Trevor McDonald it brought a tear to my eye.
I felt I had to write and let you know. You are a very brave man.
Depression is a form of Mental Health and at the bottom of the scale.
It takes a big man to admit depression and that is precisley what
you are, the biggest of em all. You have done the hard part now
and you can only go from strength to strength.Every one is so proud
of you so keep the good work up. Please take care of yourself for
yourself and your family. Get better super quick. Kindest Regards
Dawn Robinson, Isle of Man ... 3 November 2003
Frank.... What can I say!?
I have been there before and I SOooo admire you! You are in the
public eye and everything is 80% (maybe 87-90%) more difficult for
you!? No-one can help you but yourself...but you know that.....and
it's HARD!?....Gilly, WILTSHIRE... 3 November 2003
Hi Frank, You Probrably Don't remember me
but I drove you around Stoneleigh Showground at a kit car show.
You took the piss out of my long hair and called me Parker,
as in Lady Penelope. My Wife June Was driving one of the Gladiators
around. I got the best deal. I hope you can get back to the old
Frank that I met . Best Wishes
Brett Walker, Durham ... 3 November 2003
Hi, Frank, I never met you but I was always
a fan. I would just like to add my prayers and best
wishes for you to the millions of others. Brian, Wexford,
Ireland... 4 November 2003
Hi Frank I,ve just watched the first interview with Sir Trevor.
You may have been a loser in the ring but you will always
be a winner to me and thousands of others.You have and always will
be an inspiration to many people young and old.If you are ever down
this way please call in.
John Robinson, Blandford Forum .. 4 November 2003
So sorry to hear
that you have been suffering. It is encouraging
to know that you are now wanting to raise awareness of depression
and mental illness. We have just started a new free counselling
service in Beckenham with a special interest in depression and know
that any coverage will be so important for fellow sufferers. We
wish you every support in getting on the road to recovery and would
welcome you to visit us at any time. Very best wishes
Sue Doughty and David Francis,Beckenham, Kent ... 4 November
Frank, I've been out of the country for 4
years now and I couldn't believe it when heard about
your illness. You are such a huge part of British culture...all
those great fights making us so proud....I've got such great memories.
I'm sure you know it but you have thousands if not millions of people
who all feel the same....whose lives you touched. We're all praying
for you Frank.
Steve, Philadelphia ... 4 November 2003
Dear Frank, I just want to say I wish you good health, peace and
happiness for the future. You are not alone when
it comes to suffering depression I and a lot of others have been
through this and it is an on going battle but with friends, family
and support you will be fine, do not be ashamed about the things
you have done or gone through keep your head held high Frank you
are a truly good person and I will be thinking of you. Love and
Liz, Teesside ... 4 November 2003
Dear Frank, Glad to see
you getting better, i to have been where you`ve
been, and you do get better, and more to the point if i can do it
you definately can. Frank i`ve always totally respected you in your
fighting career and even more so after seeing you on Trevor Mcdonald,
trust me frank you`ll go on to bigger and better things, you`ve
achieved more to date than most people do in a life time,
GOOD LUCK FRANK. Your friend for life Respect mate!
Eric Goodhall, Ellesmere port, Cheshire ... 4 November 2003
Dear Frank, Congrats on your return, I
thank God that all is well with you. Your respected for your honesty
and bravery. Remain blessed
Paticia Sulliman & Magnus Millinery , Manchester ...
6 November 2003
Wishing you all the best
for the future. I have recently recovered from a
breakdown and appreciate the trauma you have been through. I admire
your courage and to have a much admired and respected person such
as yourself, talking of your illness will make more people understand.
Good luck and God bless you. Val, Kent ... 7 November 2003
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