All entries are from emails sent to Cathy, however she cannot be held liable for the validity of the claims made, some of which are very disturbing. Cathy reads and replies to as many emails as she can.
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I have read most of your books and I have to say they are the best books that I have read. I do tell my friends about them so they will read them.
Angelle, New Zealand, 26/02/2011
Hello Cathy, I must say your books haven’t been very good for my sleeping patterns. The night before last I was up till 5 am reading Cut and couldn’t sleep until it was finished. Then yesterday I went out and got Damaged and now am half way though. Although I found I had to put this book down for a little break as it made me really angry and upset that someone would do that to a girl half my age. I was really touched by the way you helped Dawn, I really could not imagine what it would be like to look after a girl with such a past. You really are an amazing person and a true inspiration.
Abigail, UK, 26/02/2011
I have read 2 of your books, Damaged and Cut. It took me only 5days to read them, I couldn’t put them down honestly. I shall be starting on the third tonight, Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. I can honestly say any child is lucky to stop with you, you are such an inspiration to take these troubled children into your home. I want to be like you when I am old enough to be a foster carer, I just want to be able to help people. I can’t wait to read the rest of your books because they are so emotive. I am not usually one for reading but I can say that your books are very good. Keep writing to inspire other people to help those kids out there who need a good home. Thank you.
Kimberly, 15, UK, 26/02/2011
Dear Cathy, Just would like to say that I have read two of your books (Damaged and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell), and they have truly been inspirational. Reading about your experiences has motivated me to become a foster carer. I went on holiday to Malta and at the airport I brought “Mummy Told Me Not To Tell”. I couldn’t put the book down (which frustrated my friends!) I am anticipating to read all your books. What you do is amazing and requires amazing strength and patience. I have learnt so much, from reading them two books. Thank you ever so much!
Henna, UK, 25/02/2011
Dear Cathy, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your books. I live in Canada, in the heart of the Prairies. The coldest part of Canada and as I write this it is the equivalent on – 41 degrees with the wind-chill! I was born in London, England and emigrated to Canada with my parents and baby sister when I was three. I have been back several times since then and one of the reasons I enjoy your books is that I can relate to the school system, customs and ways of life there. I am a Domestic Violence Counselor now and work daily with impoverished, abused children, and also young women who grew up that way and became ones unable to care for their own children. I just wanted to let you know that you do have a book fan in Canada and I hope that you keep writing! Sincerely
Heather S, Canada, 25/02/2011
Hi Cathy just finished My Dad’s a Policeman and cried when I read the update on Ryan, Tommy, Wayne and his sister. Hats off to all the foster carers out there making a difference.
Hi Cathy, Just finished Mummy Told Me Not To Tell at 5am and just fell in love with this little boy, Reece. The way it started out with the nickname Sharky I wasn’t to sure how that would be handled but you and your family once again came to the rescue of a child in need. The UK is most blessed to have you as a foster carer and your readers are blessed by what you share about way too many children these days. Will be looking forward to your next book if you get the time to write one in between all the requirements of what you do and of course the love you share. Take care!
Linda R, USA, 23/02/2011
Hello Cathy, first of all I would like to thank you for all the children you have helped as a foster parent. I would like to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book. This is the first book that I have read in a long time. My daughter was abused by a friend of a close friend on several occasions. This came out 4 years ago when she had just turned 16. Since then it has been torture, life just stopped being family life, to, police, social workers, etc. Nothing prepared our family for this. I have enrolled on a Teachers Assistant course, I know it will be hard work, but I want to let the past 4 years mean something, and give something back for all the help and support that we received. Kind regards.
Elaine, UK, 23/02/2011
Hey Cathy, I just wanted to say how much I love your books and I think you are a truly great person! I know your only doing what you think is right and it is, but your inspiring on so many levels and social workers and foster carers could learn a thing or two from you!! So many different emotions come through when I read your books so I can’t even begin to imagine what life was like for the child before you came into their life. I’m currently 4 months pregnant and no I could never, ever put any child through some of the things the children in your books been through, let alone my own flesh and blood! I love this baby with all my heart already and I know I have a lot of love to give. I’ve always thought about doing something in social care. Some social workers do not do enough for the children they are involved in. Look at baby p for example, and that’s one! I think I would get too involved and emotionally attached but I think fostering is a very good, selfless thing that your doing and it interests me greatly, although I am only 20 so it would be a few years yet lol. Thank you again for being an amazing inspiring woman, you deserve a good and fulfilling life.
Danielle, UK, 23/02/2011
Hi Cathy, just finished reading “My Dad’s a Policeman”. It took me 2 days of reading as I could not put the book down, really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to your next books being available for purchase April 2011. Keep up the good work.
Hi Cathy, I absolutely love your books, so when I discovered your website I thought I would email you and tell you so. I am 23 years old and have physical disabilities, so know how difficult the social services system can be to live with and work around. However until I read your books I was convinced that it was only people with disabilities who struggled to obtain a decent quality of life, but now I have learnt that we are not the only ones. The way you deal with children whose stories I have read is amazing. I can not congratulate you enough about the brilliant work you do. I am currently reading I Miss Mummy and can’t believe that the social services feel they must upset such a loving family as Alice’s, but yet do not intervene until the last minute when a child such as Jodie (Damaged) is clearly at so much risk understandable given her situation. Thanks again for opening my eyes to a whole different world that I never knew existed, and making me realize how lucky I am to have such a loving supportive family, and to have had such an amazing childhood. Kind regards to you, your family and any foster children you may.
Chloe, 23, 20/02/2011
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading My Dad’s a Policeman, what an amazing story as always. I have read all your books now and keep checking your site so I can pre-order on Amazon. I think you are truly inspirational in how you look after all these children with there problems and you manage to turn there lives around. I also think it shows how much you care about the children you write about by doing updates on what happened to them after the book on your website, just goes to show how much you care and never forget any child you have fostered. Also I am friends with you on Facebook and when I 1st became friends with you, you sent me a lovely wall post as you do with all your fans when you can, I don’t know of any other author that does that! I have a son with Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD and Dyspraxia and I find that difficult at times but your books help me to see that there are children with a lot more problems that my son has and opens my eyes to sadly what does happen to some children. It’s just lovely that they have such a wonderful foster mum like you. I will continue to read your books and very much look forward to your next one. Take care
Michelle, UK, 19/02/2011
I just got done reading “Damaged”. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You sound like a truly loving person.
Susan M, US, 18/02/2011
Hi, I just wanted you to know that I have read many true story books about the things people have been through, but I have never cried like I did from reading your book Damaged about Jodie. I hope she is well, I will remember her always.
Rachel C, US, 18/02/2011
Hi, I’m 15 years old and I am in love with your books. I have read everyone that I can find in New Zealand. I am a huge fan of you and when I am older I hope to be a kindy teacher or a foster carer. I just wanted to say how much I admire you. Thanks. Bye
Aliah F, 15, New Zealand, 18/02/2011
Hi Cathy! I was recommended your book “Damaged” one year ago, and I’ve already read it almost three times. Although I have read the book sometimes it is still just as good, and I can not put it away from me when I started to read it. I think also it was very nice that you can read how it has gone on with the kids on your website. I must just say that what you do as a foster mother is amazing, and you seem very good at what you do. Not least, you’re really good writer. It’s great respect for you and other foster parents for what you actually do and how you help children who have not had an easy start in life. I have been very inspired and have already decided that I should be a foster carer when I get older. Now that I’ve found that you have written several books I will read those too, I’m sure they are at least as good and touching as the story of Jodie. Keep up the good work Cathy. You are amazing! Best wishes.
Nora H, 16, Norway, 17/02/2011
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading your book “Damaged” and I must say I was heartbroken at what poor little Jodie experienced in her young life. I have three small children of my own and for any harm to come to them it would just shatter me. Your story touched my heart in so many ways and I too would love to foster in the future. My children are 5, 4, and 2 year so I will have a while to wait as my hubby doesn’t wish to do this until the kids are older anyway. I hope this reaches you. Best of luck.
Racheal S, 16/02/2011
Hello Cathy, I am now a reader – never used to be – haven’t put my kindle (a gift) down for 3 weeks and 4 of your book later. I am in my mid 40’s and planning early retirement to do a role more fulfilling – I am inspired by your stories and will look into fostering as a choice. Thank you. It would be great to see some of your stories written as children’s books so that any child going through these problems can feel normal. They could be read to them at night/counseling/therapy sessions.
Mrs. R, 16/02/2011
CG: Thanks, I like your idea. My Dad’s A Policeman is told from the viewpoint of a 12 year old boy in care, although it is a Quick Read and not a children’s story.
Hi Cathy, I’m not a big fan of reading but I do like a true story now and again and I must confess that I thoroughly enjoy your true stories. You have a great style of writing and I cannot put the books down. At present I am reading ‘I Miss Mummy’. I am getting VERY annoyed at the whole situation. I felt like I wanted to get into the book and knock some sense into someone, as I felt you felt similar at the time of fostering little Alice. I even had to sneakily look at the later chapter titles in the hope Alice was sent to her grandparents or Leah got better because I was so engrossed. I just wanted to send you a little email to express my thoughts about your fantastic books, I look forward to future stories from yourself. Regards,
Katie A, 15/02/2011
Just a quick thank you from a massive fan. You’re books got me through a really rough time. When I was probably going to end up in care it was a comfort to know that there are foster carers like you out there! Fortunately it did not come to that. I think you do a wonderful job, and are an amazing writer. I’ve wasted many evenings reading your books (and therefore not doing work). They are hard to put down! I Miss Mummy made me cry a lot, its beautiful, and one of my favorites because it has a truly happy ending, always nice I think. Like I said, just a quick thanks, and keep up the good work.
Sophie, UK, 15/02/2011
Hi Cathy, I am a huge fan of your books and the work you do. It amazes me how much patience you have with these children and you are definitely an inspiration to me. I have all you books and waiting on your latest short story to be delivered any day now. Once I begin reading I just can’t put it down, you have had me in tears on several occasions, sometimes happy, sometimes sad. Please keep up the amazing work you do, it’s reassuring to know there are people out there that really do give everything they have to helping those children that really do need it.
Tracey, UK, 15/02/2011
Hello Cathy, Well I have just read The Girl in the Mirror and must say it was a very good read from start to finish. I have got your other two books to read and can’t wait till the 17th for another. I will be at Asda early to get my copy. I have had a few health problems that’s why I have not mailed you my comments earlier. Hope to hear from you soon
Paul, Milton Keynes, UK, 13/02/2011
Hello, I am currently recovering from a brain tumor. I am 19 years old and had surgery on my birthday last year. I start my second course of chemo tomorrow. I just finished reading your book ‘Cut’ and I have read ‘Damaged’ and loved both of them. I think you are amazing and your books have helped me so much as I am studying to be an early childhood teacher, but that’s on hold now until I get the all clear which I will ( positive attitude). I know you probably get this all the time but you are such a brave, inspiring woman thank you so much for writing/ telling the children’s stories and I wish you all the best xx
Kirstie A, 19, 12/02/2011
CG: It is Kirstie who is brave. I emailed her personally and I hope we will keep in touch.
Dear Cathy, I just wanted to email to let you know I am a huge fan of your work. I am a person who has been through similar events to some of the children in your book. So far I’ve read… Cut, Damaged and The Girl in the Mirror and I buy them as often as I can afford to. I think you are amazing and the books have inspired me to tell the story of my childhood. I was wondering how you got in to doing it? How difficult did you find it to get them published etc? I’m sure you get lots of mail and questions like this all the time but I would love some advice. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks and Kind Regards
CG: Hi Rachel, there is information on my website which gives advice on memoir writing and how to be published. Can I suggest you read those articles and then email me with any questions you may have? Cathy x
Hi Cathy! I read Damaged some time ago without realizing you had such a great range, I found a friend of mine also reads your books and has most of them! I have since read Cut and I am reading The Saddest Girl in the World. I have Hidden, Mummy Told Me Not To Tell and I Miss Mummy sitting on my book shelf waiting for me to read. I have already reserved The Girl in the Mirror from my local library and I have brought My Dad’s a Policeman, and my parents who live in the UK are sending it over for me. I also have Run mummy, run! on back order from the UK! I really love your books, only problem is they are so hard to put down!! I mainly read the books on the bus to and from work and during my lunch hour – but when I was reading Cut I decided to start reading it at home on the weekend – needless to say I finished reading it before I even got on the bus to go to work on Monday! Thank you so much for giving me hours of amusement reading your books, they really are the best books I have ever read and I can’t wait for more to be released!
Cassie, New Zealand, 10/02/2011
Had My Dad’s a Policeman on order and received and read it today. I’m not usually a fan of short true stories, as a general rule you don’t find how it really ends, but was delighted when at the end there was an option to go online and read an update. It’s one of the little things that go the extra mile with Cathy Glass which has made her one of my favorite authors in this genre. Also I’ve been passing the books to my mother- in-law who has recently become a foster parent. She has found them useful in understanding the mindset of the children she’s currently fostering. Thank you. Not only are you writing the truth of what happens to children but you’re helping people who help those children.
Hello, my mum bought me your book ‘Damaged’ a few years ago, but I had never got round to reading it. A few months ago I found it and just started reading and couldn’t get enough of it. From then I have bought all your books apart from ‘Hidden’ and ‘Happy Kids’, not forgetting ‘Run Mummy, Run!’ coming out in April. I have already read ‘Damaged’ and ‘Cut’ and am now in the middle of reading ‘Mummy Told Me Not To Tell’. I keep on telling my mum to keep an eye out for any of your books I haven’t got. I really hope you keep on writing the books. Thanks for taking your time in reading this.
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to write to u and say thank you, your books are so inspiring to me. I came across them a couple of years ago and have not stopped since. Received your latest one 2 days ago and already completed it and just came online to check out the updates 🙂 You have inspired me to become a foster carer and we are going through the process now. We attended training days last weekend and have got another this weekend. My daughter has just turned 5 years old. I am quite aware of the behaviour that can be displayed a I worked in a children’s home and was also a drug worker, and supported women fighting to get their children back through court, so I worked closely with social services before, but never this side. Many thanks and please keep writing more books.
Kate B, UK, 10/02/2011
Hi Cathy! I just want you to know you are amazing person. I was a foster child from the age of 8. My mother had died at age 4 and my father was an alcoholic and sexual abuser. The first book I read was Damaged. I have never had a book affect me like that one. I cried because I hurt for Jodie but I was also very very mad. I think the way you handled her was amazing. Not very many people gave her the time she needed and you just stuck right in there and helped her find her inner self. She would have never gotten those memories back if you had given up on her. I need to commend your children also. They were also amazing. It was all in how they were raised. I believe you deserve to have the reward for the best foster carer ever!!!! I really wish there were more people in this world like you!! I just can’t say enough. Your writings are truly amazing. My next book is “The Saddest Girl in the World.” These books have truly been worth my money. I want to tell you THANK YOU from all of us that have been in the system. I do have to say also that Elaine in this book is on the bottom of my list. It angered me so much that she did not take the time to get to know this amazing child. This child needed all the love she could get not the rejection. Sad to say there are more Elaines out there in the system. We need voices out there like you!!!
Michelle, Minnesota, USA, 09/02/2011
I just finished reading your book “Mummy Told Me Not To Tell”. It was a very heart warming story but also sad. It’s such a shame that children have to suffer like that. I’m looking forward to reading more of your books. I’m sure in your line of work you see all kinds of things. You seem like an excellent foster parent and any child is lucky to have you as a carer. Keep up the good work and God bless you Cathy.
Hi, I would just like to say that each time I read one of your books I feel nothing but admiration for what you do. You inspire me to think about fostering. Your books are so good I can’t put them down.
Hi Cathy I have just finished reading Mummy Told Me Not To Tell and think you are amazing to do all you do for children and truly care. I’m sure this can be heartbreaking for you. I am 22 and doing an access course to be a social worker. I also have a boy with behaviour problems and the way you encouraged and managed Reece’s behaviour problems is inspiring. Thank you for reading this.
Staci, 22, UK, 08/02/2011
I have recently begun reading your books and I love them. I have never felt the desire to contact an author, and I have been an avid reader for years. You inspire me. I have always been very interested in foster care due to experiences I have seen a few people that are close to me go through. I especially loved Hidden and was brought to tears by it. I am getting ready to start Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. Please keep it up! I will buy them all!
Dear Cathy Glass, I am 15 years old and I live in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. Last year I won the writing contest of my school, and my teacher offered me a book voucher. I confess I didn’t like reading, but I went to the bookstore and I look on the shelf and I saw “The Saddest Girl in the World” by Cathy Glass. I read the summary and I liked very much and I bought it. I read the book in my summer holidays in south Portugal, Albufeira. I loved the book so I asked my mother to give me another book. But life is not easy and my mother could only give me “Damaged” last Christmas. I read it in a week! I love the way you write! In my future I want to be social worker because in my country there are many children who are no loved. I know I can’t change the world but I know it’s possible to change the world of one person at least. I enjoyed read more of your books. Thank you for your excellent work at the level of writing and as to foster mother that you are. (Sorry for my English) Best regards,
Maura L, 15, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, 08/02/2011
Really enjoyed My Dad’s a Policeman, just sat and read while present parent and baby have contact. Every time I read one of your books it reminds me why I do this. Thank you once again will put a comment on Amazon. Best Wishes
Nicky, UK, 08/02/2011
Hi I’m a nursery nurse and absolutely love your books. You are an inspiration to me. I hope one day I could foster children. You do an amazing job at how you relate to the children. They make me cry but it just shows how much impact you have on the child. I have read every single one of your books and can’t wait for more. Keep writing. Regards
Angela, UK, 06/02/2011
Hello, Cathy, I finished Damaged last night and am so moved by your devotion and perseverance. Your words had me in tears many, many times. I’m sure the book is just a small glimpse into the torture poor Jodie endured. Those animals, savage beasts should be condemned to a fiery hell. The barbaric acts done to an innocent child at the hands of people who should be protecting her prevented that poor child from knowing and experiencing trust, love, laughter, closeness, and most of all the true meaning of family. Instead all she knew was fear, hate, and anger. My heart breaks for Jodie. Thank you for giving her the first glimpse of hope and most of all, love. You are an amazing and selfless individual. Respectfully,
Kristina, Idaho, USA, 06/02/2011
Hi Cathy I have read 3 of your books so far and have 2 on order, I just can’t get enough of your books. I think you are amazing with the children, and I am hoping to become a foster carer like you. I have studied a childcare course at college and would like to carry on. Thanks a lot.
Gemma, 18, 05/02/2011
Hi there, I’m from Malaysia. I’m only just 17 years old and I already read 4 of your books. I find the stories truly amazing. I’m planning to finish reading all of your books. I also wish to foster kids just like you do when I’m older as you have inspired me really. I want to make life a better one to live in for all the kids out there. Just wanted to say, awesome job on the books!! THANK YOU!
Saliza B, 17, Malaysia, 05/02/2011
Dear Cathy, Over the past year or two I have read four of your books: Damaged, Hidden, The Saddest Girl in the World and Cut. Having read these books, I am very inspired by the work you do. I think it’s amazing. You take in children (and their problems) and take care of them and help them to become happy children. Reading about the children in your books help me realise that when I sit and complain, I don’t have it half as bad as the children that you write about. I intend to buy your other books when I have the money to as I am saving up to go to Ghana in July, which I am very excited by. I wish you all the best in your future fostering and book writing,
Hayley R, 16, 05/02/2011
Just to say only one more book of yours for me to read, amazing really. I am newly qualified social worker and had my first placement in fostering. I miss it so much but your books have kept me going. Hope there is a new one due out soon. I was never one for reading but since uni I can’t get enough of it. Gone are the days that I sit in front of TV and I can only but thank you for keeping me interested.
Lorraine M, 04/02/2011
Hi Cathy, have read most of your books now and have enjoyed every one of them thoroughly. I have a collection of them now. My partner also reads them and he tells me he cries whenever he reads them. Knowing there is someone like you, a true angel, to look after kids who are so poorly treated in the world. The story that touched me most was Damaged poor little Jodie must have gone through a world of pain and couldn’t tell anyone, then you came into her life and turned it around. Good luck for the future and all the other children you look after from now on. Best wishes
Dear Cathy, I was bought one of your books (Mummy Told Me Not To Tell) for Christmas. I love reading, and always read different genres of books. However I wasn’t really sure this book was the kind I would enjoy. Obviously I was so wrong in assuming this, though clearly I did not enjoy the terrible story of Reece’s life, I think it is amazing that you have written your books. You’re a very inspirational person and I am proud to own your books. Since then I have also read Hidden. It must be extremely hard for you to see children move on. Although they are in a better place than before they came to you, you may never see them again. I am sure not many people could cope with this. I have just ordered 3 more of your books and I am looking forward to reading them. Your family are very lucky people, as are your foster children, to have such an inspirational role model like you. Thank You for writing your books, and giving people like myself such an insight into the awful situations some children are unfortunately in.
Hello Cathy, I discovered your work following a browse around Waterstone’s website. I took a look at your website and my interest continued for two reasons, firstly I have been considering fostering for a few years now, and secondly, I was interested to see that you had written about a child who was a self harmer. My sister is a self harmer, sadly she has done it since she was around 12 years old. She is 29 now and is currently receiving psychiatric treatment for the first time in her life. She is an inpatient at the moment. It is miraculous that she is alive such is the extent of her harming and suicide attempts. It was refreshing to read your honest words. I think that, like us, you just did not know what to do to help Dawn. I would like to tell you that my family and I are still traumatized each and every time that my sister harms herself. You would think that we would toughen up wouldn’t you? But no, it hurts us and shocks us every single time. I pray that one day she will be relieved of her torment. I long to meet the wonderful woman whom I know lies beneath this depressed and unhappy soul. Thank you for writing about Dawn, I told my mum about her, (my mother does not enjoy reading because of dyslexia) and she was delighted to hear of Dawn’s recovery. It gave her hope. My mum was treated very badly by social services, when a school teacher reported the injuries on my sister’s body to the authorities; mum was accused of harming her. I understand that any concerns must be raised, I understand safe guarding but what horror my mum endured being falsely accused in this way. Poor mum actually thought that the social workers had come to her home to offer professional help, support and guidance. They never received any help, the social services referred my sister to a psychiatrist but he wanted to put her on a heavy medication regime which my mum refused and again she was threatened with my sister being removed from her care. When the psychiatrist threatened this, he went on to ask mum what she would do to help my sister, my mum answered honestly saying that she did not know what she could do to help her and that he was welcome to remove my sister from her care if he could guarantee that he would not fail her. They never did hear from him again. I fear that this experience is to blame for my sister’s reluctance to seek help. It is tragic. Sadly she continues cutting, her arms are very badly Damaged. The longest she has gone without cutting is nine months. Last year when her harming got out of control she was sectioned but when my brothers went to visit her they helped her to escape as she was so heavily drugged that she was drooling and staring straight through them. We have since been told that the medication she was on has been out of use in the UK for many years. All of her possessions had been taken from her, she just had a bare mattress and a nightie in a room with no windows. When she was found in the showers with a cord around her neck, five staff carried her with her face inches from the floor into the room again. It is not always horror and sadness with my sister, she loves to laugh and enjoy life like anybody else, she is sweet and very innocent, she is very unworldly and has never had a boyfriend. She has been diagnosed with a personality disorder which is no surprise and hopefully she will be strong enough to make a commitment to therapy. I could write forever about our experiences, it’s funny because I thought that I would not actually be able to bear it, but it is quite nice to write to somebody whom I know will understand. I continue to believe that one day my beautiful sister will fly freely from the pain that binds her. She will shake herself loose and become the woman that she was intended to be. I know that there is a wealth of goodness in her and although her behaviour is frustrating and heart breaking I know that she has great potential to claim her place in the world. Thank you once again for telling Dawn’s story, the joy that my mother and I shared in learning of her recovery is a glimpse of what is to come when my sister gets better. God bless,
Kerry, UK, 02/02/2011
Hello Cathy, I have read and reread your book Damaged about Jodie, the little girl who came into your care when she was 8 years old. I just want to say that I really think your book is inspiring and influential in helping me to go into healthcare profession. It’s people like you who evaluate the need to persevere and help protect today’s children. I’m not a mother myself but I am very close to my young niece and find this book truly horrifying that some adults do to their children. As you said in your book “I am embarrassed to call myself an adult”. I can only tell you how much I wish to see it all stop and that people like Jodie come out the other side and can be saved. Kind Regards
Hayley S, 02/02/2011
Hey Cathy I have emailed you in the past but just to say thanks again for writing yr books. I’m always running to the book section in Asda to see if you have a new book out. I start reading them and feel like I am reading my own life story so I have leave them for a bit. I keep saying to people read Cathy Glass books they are amazing. Hope you are well.
Nikki, UK, 01/02/2011
Hey Cathy, I’m only 15 and I have just finished reading ‘Damaged’. I think that you truly are an inspiration to your entire family, they are very lucky to have you. You are also an inspiration to Jodie, and what you went through with her was amazing. I don’t think many people would have the patience to help such a troubled little girl. Your book touched me in ways that I never thought it would, some of the things you went through had me in tears. Because of you, I really would like to go into fostering now, helping children repair their lives back to normal. You’re a credit to the social services and to this country and any child that gets placed with you would be in the best of hands. Congratulations on all your hard work. All my love to you and your family. Yours sincerely.
Jade, 15, UK, 31/01/2011
Hello Cathy, recently I read your amazing book Hidden and don’t believe I have ever been so excited, and moved, over the revelations in the last few chapters. Thank you for a wonderful reading experience. I was delighted to discover more of your books and am now half way through Cut, more incredible reading. I just hope it rains all afternoon so I can stay out of the garden and read on. Your books are just so different from the usual human interest writings, and are way up top of the “must read“ list. Cheers and with every best wish.
Don L, Taupo, New Zealand, 30/01/2011
Hi Cathy, I’ve been looking into fostering and I’m waiting for a social worker to arrange to come and see me. Your books were recommended by fostering solutions. I got Hidden just to give me an idea of fostering. Cathy, I hardly ever read if I’m honest but I couldn’t put it down. I read it within 2 days and found myself looking for another of your books. I’m reading Damaged now. That poor poor child. What you do is amazing. I really hope I get accepted to foster and become as good as you in time. I have along way yet to go. Your family put up with a lot from Jodie. Well done again and thank you for having the time to read this.
Becky, UK, 30/01/2011
Just got done reading your book Damaged. It was spellbinding and I could not put it down. You are truly one of Gods people to do what u do. My heart went out to Jodie and what she went thru, but without you she would have gone through way more. You touched her life when she needed someone the most and your love, patience, and kindness is what she needed. Don’t understand how people can do this to a child or anyone for that matter. I’m glad she is doing well and I know she will just get better. You helped put her on the road to recovery and gave her her life back. Please keep me informed on her progress. Can’t seem to get this off my mind. All my love to you and your family including Jodie.
Amy W, USA, 28/01/2011
Hello Cathy, I am a 21 year old single mom, almost finished social services in school. I wanted to write to you how inspirational you are. Your books touched my soul, and made me want to help children like the ones in your books. You are an amazing person and I have much respect for the fostering you do. Once I am finished school and am settled, I want to start fostering, your books have inspired me that much. Your books touch the lives of so many people. You’re an amazing soul and I admire you. Keep up the great work Cathy. Sincerely,
Rachel H, 21, 27/01/2011
Dear Cathy, I came across one of your books (The Girl in the Mirror) when I was out shopping one day and decided to buy it. I read it in 2 days and was hooked, so much so, that in a week, I’ve read “Cut”, “Mummy Told Me Not To Tell”, “I Miss Mummy”, and am currently halfway through “Damaged”. I love reading as a general hobby, but have never been so captivated by any books as I have by yours. I’ve often really enjoyed a book, but with your books, I can almost feel/imagine what it must have been like for you and the children. To do what you do and have done is absolutely amazing. The amount of time, patience and effort you put into fostering alone stands for an OBE, not to mention the difference you have made in a child’s life. I’m really looking forward to reading the next couple of books and cannot wait for the new ones to come out. Keep up the brilliant work. Kind Regards,
Hi Cathy, I have been reading your books and love every one. You are truly an inspiration. I look forward to my next trip to the bookstore, and learning about your next child. I have read Damaged, I Miss Mummy and each one has made me mad and sad at how the parents treat the kids and also the struggle you have with some of the people in authority. Keep up the good work. I know buy reading your books one day I will be following in ur footsteps and become a foster parent, so thank goodness for people like you. I picked your book up at an airport before I went on holiday and got completely hooked from start to finish! Your stories inspire me so much and really open my eyes to what happens to some of these children. You are such a wonderful person and do so much good! I want to order the rest of your books. The world needs more people like you Cathy. Cathy u r my hero and I one day want to be just like u.
Raichelle, 21, 26/01/2011
To Cathy, I’ve read every one of your books and I’ve loved them all. They’re all so inspiring, I’d love to do what you do. I think you’re a perfect parent and from just reading your books I feel much more comfortable in raising children of my own when I have them. You truly are a hero and a massive influence on me as all your books and stories are. Unfortunately they’re so good that when I buy them I tend to have finished them within 2 days so I have to keep searching for more. I’m very happy that you keep on writing. The stories of the children are heartbreaking yet lovely to see them improve in your care. Thank you so much for all that you do.
Cathy, England, 26/01/2011
Hey Cathy I was on your website going away to order I Miss Mummy and I saw it had a link to email you, so I thought I would. I love your books, they’re amazing. I haven’t read all them, I’ve read Damaged and The Saddest Girl in the World and I’m halfway through Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, and I think its brilliant! I read Cut before I started Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. Your books are amazing! They’re so heartfelt and you did an amazing job writing them. You truly inspire me. It was my mum who first started reading your books and because I enjoy reading true life stories she passed them onto me and I’ve been into them ever since. Your book Cut really had an effect on me because my daughter used to self harm too but I eventually got her to speak to me just like you did with Dawn. You’re truly amazing and I like many other people I look up to you. I’ve fostered before but it wasn’t like the way you do it. My friend was in trouble and so I looked after her son until she got sorted and back to a normal life, He was with me for about 2 years. I was thinking of fostering other children but I’m not to sure yet. Yours Sincerely
Dear Cathy, I am sixteen, I have read nearly all of your true stories and thoroughly enjoyed them. I have even passed ‘Damaged’ on to my friend. I am studying English language and English literature at ‘A’ level and I think the way you write your books is beautiful. They are always brilliantly crafted and the way you manage to convey emotions is excellent, I wish I could write like you! On occasions I felt I was there with you and felt the emotions, bringing tears to my eyes. I could not put the books down even when I was meant to be doing homework or other things! It is not just in your writing that inspires me but your hard work as I have always felt the need to do something to help others. From reading your books I have gained an interest in fostering as I love little children and have considered it may be something I’d like to do in the future. It is to your credit that you have inspired me: a sixteen year old who just picked up the book for a good read, but got a lot more out of it. Thank you, yours sincerely,
Laura R, UK, 26/01/2011
Hi, I have been reading your books for sometime now. I think you are an amazing person and do fantastic work, I like reading your books as it gives me ideas to help in my line of work (I am a pre-school teacher for vulnerable children) and I like to share them with my sister who works along side me. I would like to write and publish my life story as it wasn’t the best. I was sexually abused for a number of years by my uncle from the ages of 4 -14, then I meet a guy when I was 15 and he was 21 and we married when I was 20 which turned into a domestic violence relationship. I left him 6 years ago and am now living with a wonderful man whom I love dearly. I just would like to tell people my story and show them that they can survive and find love and happiness.
Sam T, 26/01/2011
Hi Cathy, I just felt compelled to write. I have now finished all your books and they have all moved me. I think it’s amazing what you, and so many other foster carers do. I don’t think you all get the praise that you all so truly deserve. I’m currently training as a children’s nurse and have already encountered issues with child protection. I think your books have made me so much more aware of the whole picture; taking into account the family as well as the child. Thank you for writing these inspiring and insightful books. You and your family do an amazing job. All the best for the future
Emily, 19, UK, 25/01/2011
Hi Cathy, recently stumbled across one of your books in the library, and quickly went on to read the rest of them! They were a wonderful eye-opener for me, as I have always vaguely known about the types of abuse in your books, but I’ve always sort of ignored its existence. So thank you! Also, I was wondering if you have ever dealt with someone who was bi-polar? I suspect a member of my family has this, or something similar. She refuses to admit anything is wrong with her, and I was wondering if you had any advice on how to cope? Regards,
Katie, Canada, 25/01/2011
CG: Hi Katie, bi-polar is a complex condition and should really be diagnosed by a doctor as there are many other conditions which produce similar symptoms. I touch on bi-poplar and other behavioral related conditions in my book Happy Kids and you may find reading that section and also the book helpful. Cathy
Hi Cathy, I have been reading your books and love every one. I am only missing two and can’t wait to read them. I have loaned them to family and friends and must say I have my favourite which is Hidden. I am a carer for people with Intellectual disabilities and also do respite care for younger children. I have been doing this work for more than 15 yrs and love it. Would never think of doing any thing else. Some of you words in the books have made me smile and be proud to be a carer.
Chelsea, Melbourne, Australia, 23/01/2011
Hello! I just wanted to drop a note to say thank you for sharing your stories. In the past 2 weeks, I’ve read Hidden, Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, I Miss Mummy, and The Saddest Girl in the World. You are truly an inspiration. I look forward to my next trip to the bookstore, and learning about your next child. I read Tayo’s story beginning to end tonight and I feel nothing but joy at this moment. I hope he is still doing well. Thanks again for sharing,
Maria M, Nova Scotia, Canada, 23/01/2011
I have read Damaged, I Miss Mummy and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, and each one has made me mad and sad at how the parents treat the kids and also the struggle you have with some of the people in authority. I don’t know how you do it, you must be exhausted. It’s people like you that deserve an MBE or an OBE for the amazing work that you do. Also Paula, Adrian and Lucy are a credit to you, sharing their home and their mum with so many desperate children. Keep up the good work. I know I couldn’t do it, so thank goodness for people like you.
Norma M, UK, 23/01/2011
Love your books! I’m very interested in reading true stories and memoirs and you’re a great writer. My favourite is Tayo’s story and I just got Cut on my kindle today. I’m trying to write a memoir myself and have written pieces of my book so far.
Ann K, USA, 23/01/2011
Hi Cathy, I know I don’t know you but I feel that I do. I have just read The Saddest Girl in the World with tears of happiness! A truly great outcome from the worst of beginnings for Donna. You are an inspiration. I have always wanted to foster children and make a difference for the better. You have also banished my fears of being declined as I am a single parent of 4! Initially I wanted to become a social worker, however would end up like Eileen, and it’s no secret the paperwork is excessive! I currently work with supporting adults in the community with challenging behaviour as well as volunteering at a soup kitchen with the homeless! You are an asset to the fostering service and once I have a spare bedroom I shall apply to foster. I couldn’t put your book down and shall be getting the next one as soon as I can! Kindest Regards
Catriona, UK, 23/01/2011
Hi Cathy, I hope that you are well. I have finished reading Cut, goodness me, I was getting through the last few pages with tears streaming down my face, I just had to keep on reading, I needed to know that there had been happiness for Dawn finally. Thank goodness there was 🙂 Obviously all that was a long time ago, but to go into fostering, having a new baby of your own and dealing with continual new challenges that you had never experienced before was truly remarkable. The difference you have made to the lives of the children you have fostered is wonderful. I love your books because of the happy endings, and the hope that it gives. I think your books have probably given hope to a lot of people, including young people who are going through a difficult time. I had a bit of a low point over Christmas because of the problems in my childhood. They seem to spill over into the life I have now. A friend has put me in touch with a EFT (emotional freedom technique) master. I have had one session and due to go to my 2nd one on Wed. I honestly can’t believe the difference it has made to my life already, it sounds miraculous, almost too good to be true, but it really is immediate and permanent. I was carrying around such negativity about myself which was a product of the lack of security I had felt all through my life. We dealt with lots of things and the impact it has had is quite profound. I am now looking ahead with such positively! Thanks again for another brilliant book, I have read 5 now, I need to go and buy another one, I need my fix, ha ha. You really are an amazing and wonderful lady Cathy
Tracy, UK, 23/01/2011
Hi Cathy, Just wanted to congratulate you yet again for another fantastic book, I was reduced to tears again. Can’t wait for the next book keep up your good work
Mandy S, 23/01/2011
Hello Cathy, I wrote to you about 2 years ago when I had read all the books you had written at that time. I informed you that after reading your books I was inspired to become a foster carer after thinking about it for some time. I am now pleased to say that me and my husband got approved last February and we received our first child, 10 days old a few weeks after and still with us today. We really enjoy it and I am so glad that I read your books as I can honestly say that without them/you I wouldn’t have given the final push to get the ball rolling and apply to foster. So a big thank you. The books are fantastic – keep up the good work!! I still don’t know (as I said before) how you have the time to do everything. Thanks again.
Jo, Birmingham, UK, 22/01/2011
To Cathy, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading ‘I Miss Mummy.’ I am only a teenager but love to read and I picked your book up at an airport before I went on holiday. I never expected to, but I got completely hooked from start to finish! Your story inspired me so much and really opened my eyes to what happens to some of these children. You are such a wonderful person and do so much good! I have now ordered the rest of your books and am sure I will enjoy them as much as ‘I Miss Mummy.’ Thank you for sharing your stories and really giving me something to think about 🙂 Best wishes,
Hattie, UK, 21/01/2011
Hello again Cathy, I wrote to you a few years back regarding Damaged. I have just finished Mummy Told Me Not To Tell and wanted to say again how wonderful I think you have been with Reece, as well as the other children in your books. I am now 18 and currently studying my level 3 childcare, after completing my level 2. I know what I want to do with my life and have you to thank for that! I hope one day I can help many children in the way you have helped them and I feel I have learnt a lot from reading your books. I admire you and what you do, you are very good at it and always know what is best. The world needs more people like you Cathy. Ill look forward too hearing from you.
Christina, 18, UK, 21/01/2011