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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Hi, I have just finished reading “Hidden”, I have also read “Damaged”, and I am currently reading “Cut”. I think all your books so far have been fantastically written. I also think that you are fantastic for doing what you do for children who need help. I am really looking forward to your forth coming books that I have seen on your website. I can’t wait to read them all!
Hi Cathy, after reading your first book I could not wait to see if there were any to follow and I must say they are very interesting to read. I’ve just finished Cut which I could not put down. I’m looking forward to your next book. Keep up the good work.
Sandra, UK, 24/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I read you book, Hidden, while on holiday in Spain and could not put it down. It has been years since I have been so hooked on a book. I was shocked to hear of Tayo’s story! I sometimes had to pinch myself to remind myself that it was a true. I could not believe how this poor kid was made to live. I cried a number of times throughout the book, especially at the end as I was so happy. On Monday I went straight out and bought ‘Damaged’ and am currently hooked on that book. I cannot wait to move on to ‘Cut’! Cathy, keep doing what you are doing as you are such an inspiration and I love reading about what you do.
Elliot G, 19, UK, 24/08/2008
Dear Mrs. Glass, I just finished reading Damaged and I just want to thank you for taking care of Jodie. I don’t think she would have been able to go on without you. I was looking for a non-fiction book because I like to learn from true stories and I finished Damaged in a week, that’s quick compared to the time I take to read other books. I think this book has told me a lot about “people” out there. It is unbelievable that there are parents like that and children damaged so much. Thank you, Cathy, for taking the time to make this book. You helped Jodie and you are helping people through this book.
A, United Arab Emirates, 24/08/2008
In a word what an amazing woman!!! I just read the book Damaged and I wanted to pass on my comments. I never usually read books and I picked up this one and read it in a whole day. I wept all the way through it. An amazing but sad story, with a courageous and patient woman, whom I can only call an angel. Thank you for sharing this. My thoughts and prayers are with the other unfortunate ones.
Clare, Mexico, 23/08/2008
Hello, I just wanted to say that your book Damaged has inspired me hugely. I admire the way you were determined not to give up on Jodie and help her through her horrid childhood. When I’m older I want to be someone like you – someone who children can look up to. I want to be the one to make a difference to a child’s life. I understand it must be hard and can affect you emotionally but when I’m older I would like to be someone like you. However I’m not a class a student at school. I’m not badly behaved, just a typical teenager (can be quite gobby ). Do you need to be a class a student or get amazing exam results to be someone who handles children? Your book and others I’ve read have inspired me and made me realise what I want to do as an adult…so thank you.
Christina, 15, 23/08/2008
Well what can I say! Your book had me in tears. (I had to stop up till 2.45am to read it – it was the only peace I got from my 2 children). I admire you, how you went into fostering only just having your first child, and all that being new to you. You still continued after Dawn had left. I was so frustrated with the social worker I wanted to scream at her. Hopefully social workers & social services are better with giving out information now. I think they let you and Dawn down with the way that they handled the situation. It’s people like you who give so much time, love and patience to children in care who should be recognised with the M.B.E. I know you don’t go into this kind of work for that but we should recognise the hard work that you all do. You all deserve a medal…….. Love always
Kelly, UK, 23/08/2008
Dear Cathy, Damaged was one of the most amazingly written books I have ever read. You truly follow the ups and down of the book, and it makes you realise how hard it can be to be a foster carer, You guys must have one of the hardest jobs there is! I literally sat in Gatwick airport waiting for my flight home, after a meeting at work, on my own, and crying my heart out at the ending of the book. It is truly amazing that your writing can evoke such emotions. My mother is not a reader at all; she hasn’t finished a book in her life – even at school, except Damaged. She thought it was so thought provoking too. I am currently reading Hidden and it is such an eye opener. Keep up the good work
Levi, Glasgow, UK, 23/08/2008
Dear Cathy, I am currently in my first year of university and studying a double degree in social work and psychology. I love your books for their passion and honesty. My mother bought me ‘Damaged’ when I was in my last year of high school, and since I finished it about a year ago, it has been travelling around family members and friends, to return to me a few weeks ago. I have just finished ‘Hidden’, and am excited to read your next book, Cut. I have found your books not only interesting and emotional but very helpful in being able to see and gain an understanding from a foster carer’s perspective of what makes a good and competent social worker. I am striving to become that. From a very young age I decided I wanted to work with children and teens but was unsure of the direction I wanted to take, but it was after reading ‘Damaged’ that my passion awoke for wanting to work with children and teens who have been abused. I want to thank you for that. God bless you and your family
Rachael J, Australia, 22/08/2008
Hi Cathy I’ve just finished reading Damaged and found it very upsetting. I admire you for the work you do and hope Jodie is happy and receives all the help she needs. The world needs a lot more people with your patience and understanding good luck in all you do.
The book “Hidden” is a great book. It’s sad when they find his dad. I feel sorry for Tayo. He had a tough life, but you made it better well done and keep it up.
Ben C, London, UK, 21/08/2008
Hi again Cathy, I just had to write to you after finishing reading “Cut”. It was another fantastic story which I couldn’t put down. I had a cry when I read about Dawn phoning you, it was such a nice touch to the end of the story. I admire the work you do in looking after these children, you truly are an amazing person and your stories are excellent. I will eagerly await your next book.
Sharon, UK, 21/08/2008
Dear Cathy, I have just got back from a holiday and for the first time ever I decided to buy a book to read. Although I have a degree, I have never enjoyed, or had the concentration to read a book. I haven’t had the best upbringing myself, and whilst wandering around the book shop I came across ‘Damaged’. I was immediately drawn to the book by the sad little girl on the front. What I didn’t realise was how this book would affect me, I couldn’t stop thinking about poor Jodie, I wished I could have done something to help. I read the whole book in 3 days which is amazing for me, I couldn’t put it down, and couldn’t stop telling my boyfriend about it. I was so moved by the story and was in tears over the abuse Jodie suffered. After finding out her father was abusing her I didn’t think it could get much worse, but it sure did. I think you did an amazing job and were so patient and loving towards Jodie. No matter how much you think you didn’t help her enough, you really did more than anyone else she has met. What an amazing person you are, you are so inspirational and I can’t wait to go buy your other books, you write them so well! Keep fostering you are doing a truly brilliant job. The only downside to reading this was that I was constantly sunbathing on my front so I could carry on reading and have ended up with a really brown back and a white face lol. But this book was definitely worth it. I hope Jodie’s future is as enjoyable as it can be. Take Care
Lindsey, Leeds, UK, 21/08/2008
Dear Cathy, I have just read Damaged. I found it very sad. You are truly an amazing person with so much love and patience. Where would all the children you foster be without you. You are one in a million, a person who obviously adores children especially ones with special needs. I truly hope Jodie will get better, I feel I know her from your book. All the best,
Julie H.M, UK, 21/08/2008
Dear Cathy, Just finished Cut last night. As usual couldn’t put it down. What a truly amazing story. One of utter sorrow but with an ending that everyone who has read this would have hoped for. What a wonderful story. I’m sure you have had that said to you a million times. Simply amazing. You did mention in this book that you looked after a little 5 year old boy, your words were “that’s another story”. I do hope there is one….soon. Take care of yourself,
Emma, UK, 21/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I just finished reading Damaged. What an unbelievable story. I have such a hard time understanding that there are people in our world that harm the very little beings that we are to protect. I applaud you and your hard work in helping Jodie. I worked with children with behaviour issues for many years and know the challenges of dealing with these kinds of children. Your dedication in helping Jodie warms my heart. Our world is better for having you be a part of it! I am glad that you decided to continue fostering.
Sara, UK, 21/08/2008
Dear Cathy, I’m not what you’d call a book reader, but I was drawn to your book Hidden. I began reading on Monday evening thinking I’d just read a few lines and start on it properly in the morning. I couldn’t have been more wrong. At the end of chapter 7 I had been in your guest bedroom, your kitchen, your home. I had smiled and felt the warmth you projected and I had cried at the sadness of this poor child, and thought I really should get to bed as I’ve work tomorrow. Today is Wednesday and I’ve finished it. I’ve met your family and I’ve been to your meetings, I’ve even watched you make breakfast and dinner. I was there like a fly watching all the goings on from the wall, I was so drawn in to the story. There are only 2 creases in the binding, one from Monday night and the other Tuesday night. In total I think it took me a little under 8 hours to read Hidden, I just could not put it down. I can honestly say that no other book has kept me wanting more as this did. It’s my birthday in 10 days and for the first time in very many years I’m able to say yes I know what I’d like please to my family – I want 2 books: Cut & Damaged by Cathy Glass! Although I’m going to try my hardest to make them last a little longer than 3 evenings but if Hidden was anything to go by, I think I’m going to find that rather difficult. On behalf of all those children out there and all those families that have had to use the foster services, I would like to say a thank you to you and all of other foster carers, you are all saints in your own right.
Tracy, Milton Keynes, UK, 20/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I bought ‘Cut’ today and just finished reading it. I can never put your books down, they are so fantastic and well written. Cut touched me in so many ways. I am a self harmer. I guess at the time you fostered Dawn those subjects weren’t much known about or understood as perhaps they are now. I commend you on how you handled the situation. I am just amazed at how you seem to be able to handle every situation thrown at you so well. My Mum doesn’t know how to deal with my problems and when I try to talk she just can’t handle it. So I don’t talk to her about it. I think you did the right thing for Dawn because you let her know you were there for her and that she could talk to you about anything. I fully understand why people self harm now and you highlighted many of the reasons in the book. I can also now see what it has probably been like for my parents – in relation to the self harming and the overdose I took. I never wanted to put anyone through the worry so I started seeing my GP and counsellors etc from the age of about 18 without telling my parents. To the outside world I was ‘fine’. I was never in trouble, in or out of school, got good grades, was even Head Girl of the school in my A-level years, achieving 3 A’s and going on to university- but something was always wrong inside I guess and I am still struggling now through each day. I think its good you high-lighted a topic which is prevalent in today’s society. I also noted from your book that much of the social services and foster care system has changed from the days of fostering Dawn to that of Jodie. I am glad the system has improved for both the sake of the children and the foster families. I have to admit there were many times in the book I felt angry or frustrated at Dawn, even though I knew she was trying to control her world in the best ways she could think of. Her rejection of your rules and running off without saying where she was going must have tried your patience. I feel for you and all the challenges she put you and John through at that time, but as I said I know it really wasn’t her fault. I loved the parts of the book when you talk about Adrian as a baby and toddler, sometimes it made me laugh, imagining him as a little boy so inquisitive and innocent especially after reading your previous books as him as a fully grown teen. I hope one day in the future, perhaps after reading ‘Cut’, Dawn will contact you again. Another great book by an inspiring author whose words really come from the heart!
Aveen, UK, 20/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I have read both Damaged and Hidden and was very upset at what sad lives both Jodie and Tayo have been in. I think that you are an amazing lady at what you do to help these poor children and have been really inspired by you. I am 17 years old and have had a good childhood and feel very lucky. I do hope that one day Jodie will find happiness as she deserves it so much. As for Tayo I hope he has a great life and becomes successful in whatever he chooses to do. I hope one day I can help those unfortunate children out there just like you have. Once again Cathy I think you are a truly amazing lady. Best wishes to you and your family.
Lisa V, 17, Liverpool, UK, 20/08/2008
Dear Cathy, just had to email you again as I have now read both Damaged and Cut, which were both insightful and a little scary. I had no trouble with Cut but Damaged took me longer to read as I had to put it down to come back to reality. Your books have the ability to draw the reader in which is what makes them so good. It makes you care about the people you are reading about. Thank you again and I look forward to your next book.
Natalie, UK, 20/08/2008
Hello Cathy, I am 35 years old. I was in care from when I was 12-18 years old. I am currently reading Cut. I still self-harm today by cutting. Dawn reminds me so much of me when I was her age. I am the part where she has tried to kill herself, and you are trying to find out why she did it and she tells you it is because her mum prefers her boyfriend to her. Well I can see how she felt because that is what happened to me, except it was my mother and father. My father was placed on probation for abusing my older sister and I went into care as a way of Social Services making sure I wasn’t abused. It wasn’t until I was 21 and pregnant with my first child did they find out what had happened. I have never, even to this day, disclosed everything that my parents did to me because in the past I have trusted people and been burnt. I have learnt that I can trust me and that’s it. I began cutting at the age of 15 like I said I am 35 now and still doing it. Social services didn’t give a damn about me just like what they did to Dawn – dump and run. I didn’t have a foster carer because they classed me as being too “demanding” and I needed to be the only child. As you know, back then, foster carers without children were very few and far between. I guess I am writing this in the hope that you will write back, even if you can’t be a “friend” just be someone who cares enough to help others. I sure could use someone like you right now. Well I am off to bed its 1 am now and want to finish your book I do hope you email me back
Natasha, UK, 20/08/2008
CG: Cathy has emailed Natasha.
Hi, I’ve just read Hidden which I couldn’t put down. Although I have never formally fostered our home has been a sanctuary for a number of children over the years.
Margo, UK, 19/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I read Damaged several months ago and Hidden just today, and was in tears for most of it. Having had a normal family upbringing it is hard to imagine what some children suffer at the hands of their parents/ relatives. It makes you appreciate how lucky some of us are. It is nice to know that there are people like you who are willing to give your time, love and energy to help make these children’s lives so much better. The reasons I think your books affect me so much is not only the upbringing the child has had, but it’s how you tell the story. You really make it feel like you are there with them, and can imagine their feelings and emotions. Hope you keep up the good work for many years to come. You are a godsend to these children and don’t let anyone tell you any different.
Tracy J, Leeds, UK, 19/08/2008
Hi Cathy I have now finished reading “Cut” and really really enjoyed it very much. I hope Dawn reads it and gets in contact with you. Have a very good day.
Debra, UK, 19/08/2008
Hey Cathy, I’ve recently finished reading Hidden and Damaged and some of the things that those young children have gone through is heart wrenching. I was in tears by the end of each book, and not many books have that effect on me. I’m 18 years old and a qualified nursery nurse. After reading your memoirs I really am considering a future in short term foster caring for children like Jodie and Tayo. Thank you for the inspiration, I would never have thought about it if I hadn’t read your books.
Annie,18, UK, 18/08/2008
Hello Cathy, I bought your books, Damaged and Hidden and read them both. They are really heartbreaking. I cried when I read Hidden especially when Tayo made the phone call to his mum. I really wonder why Minty had put him through all that but I understand she had her problems. I really hope she keeps in contact with him and I hope that Tayo may live a happy life. Thank you so much for writing these books and may God bless you and all other people like you, who are doing such a great job to change a child’s life. I am looking forwarded to buying Cut as soon as I am back in the UK.
Momin S, 17, Cairo, Egypt, 18/08/2008
Dearest Cathy, I have read your book Cut and thought it was fantastic. I finished it in a day! I want to say that handling a child who sleep walks and also having your son must have been such a scary thing for any parent. Cathy you’re a star in my eyes as you have a lot of patience, I must say. I work with children too I know how much patience you need and sometimes I must say I really feel like I loose it! Thank you once again for another fantastic book
Asiya D, Ilford, UK, 18/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I bought your book Hidden last Monday. What can I say. I finished it today and I can honestly say it’s the most moving book I have ever read. I could not put it down nor could I stop crying. I think the job you and your family do is amazing. I was so glad to hear how it all worked out for Tayo in the end, he’s a very lucky boy. People like you make this world a better place.
Nicola O, Merseyside, UK, 18/08/2008
Cut was absolutely brilliant. I could not put it down. When is the next one?
Michelle, UK, 17/08/2008
I just wanted 2 say I’ve read all of your books now. Once I start reading one of your books I can’t stop. Cut was brilliant and I can really see how rewarding this job can be. You really are amazing! And an inspiration to others. Best wishes.
Dear Cathy, I have been a psychotherapist for 25 years. I work with some satanically abused patients, who are DID. I think you should have a medal of honour for offering a home to the most damaged children of our world. When they become adults, the flashbacks and personality shifts are probably permanent, but they still are often very amazing people in their struggle to survive. If they had only had homes like yours. Thank you so much for your work.
Dr. Eva W, Missouri, USA, 17/08/2008
I have not long finished reading ‘Damaged’ and it really touched my heart. It made me think just why would anyone want to do that to a little girl. It makes me so angry. Her mum should have done something and not let it get so out of hand. This book is probably the only book I have cried over and not been able to stop. Cathy you are one amazing woman and for you to do this for a little girl is wonderful. You are probably my idol after what you did. I am only 14 and I honestly love this book. I have told all my friends and family about it. When I told them the story they started to cry. You are probably the bravest lady I will ever wish to meet. I am looking forward to reading your other books!.
Seren, 14, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 17/08/2008
Hi, I have been counting the days till august and have now read Cut. I had a feeling that the title was going to interest me. As a self harmer myself it was a subject that played very close to my heart and I waited impatiently for it to be published. It was nice to see that only as your second foster child, you didn’t give up on Dawn. And that you continued to foster even after all the painful things that happened and the difficulties you came across. Thank you once again for a good book and I can’t wait for the next one!
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading your amazing book, ‘Damaged’, which I started this morning. I’m only fourteen but I feel I understood the whole thing. It is absolutely appalling what Jodie was forced to go through her entire life and I am completely disgusted with her entire family. She was hurt, manipulated and forced into horrifying and unacceptable acts by people who were meant to look out for her, teach her about love and serenity and ensure her safety. I don’t believe I or many people would have been able to handle her tantrums, aggression, hostility and constant seclusion. I strongly believe you are incredible, and your love, kindness and patience with Jodie should be truly appreciated. You are inspiring and I feel slightly more at ease knowing that you have done you best to give Jodie and plenty of other children you have fostered the chance of a childhood. I’d like to be a foster carer myself some day and be able to give hurt children the love and acceptance they deserve. I feel your book gave me an insight into what foster caring is really like. I am going to get hold of your books ‘Hidden’ and ‘Cut’ and I look forward to reading them.
Shoshana S, 14, Australia, 17/08/2008
Dear Cathy, I have just read ‘Cut’. After reading your other two books I was looking forward to reading it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope that Dawn gets back in contact with you as I’m sure it would be a great pleasure to hear from her and see how she is doing now. I can’t wait for your next book already! I read Cut in one day as I was totally hooked.
Amy, UK, 17/08/2008
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading the second of your books, Hidden. Unbelievable. So moving I had to email you. I think you are truly one of life’s angels. Tayo’s story is both sad but truly magical. It only took me a few days to read it as I couldn’t put it down. Luckily my gorgeous children were spending a week in Wales with their nana so I had some free time and so glad I did. I certainly shed a tear and felt every emotion you, your family, Tayo’s father and grandmother did. Never before has reading been so moving for me. I felt the same with Damaged just wish the ending was happier. I am going to get your other book, Cut. God Bless you.
Emma R, UK, 17/08/2008
It was very interesting for me to read your book ‘Hidden’ because I work with children with challenging behaviour in a children’s home. I would wish for them, that they would have the chance to live with you, because all the emotional and educational work you provided for Tayo, (and I think for your other foster children as well) we can’t provide. I try to give my best every day for seven children aged 8-13 but there is still a gap, which I can’t fill, simply because there are seven and not one. But I know and can imagine all your feelings and sometimes powerlessness you felt. You inspired me and gave me some good advices with this book. Thank you very much. Sorry for any mistakes, English is not my mother tongue, I just moved over from Germany.
Kathrin, Ashford, UK, 16/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Cut. My heart goes out to Dawn and the life she had as a child. I do truly admire the work you do, without foster carers I dread to think how some children’s lives could end up. Some people take so many things for granted – mainly a safe and loving family unit. I think you helped Dawn and her mother more than you take credit for. I find it impossible to put your books down once started (which my little girls find most annoying oops). I am looking forward to reading your next book. Keep up your amazing work and thank you for sharing your experiences with us. It makes me realise how lucky my children are to have a loving home, and makes me determined to set good examples and be a good role model to my own children . Having a loving family is everything and every child deserves to have a loving home (although this is not the case for many children). I know that fostering is a godsend to children in need. I am so pleased that Jodie is doing well and hope she is happy in her life now.
Helen R, UK, 16/08/2008
Hi, I have read Cut – I actually pre-ordered it from Waterstones. It was another great read, I couldn’t put it down. I even read it walking from my car to work! All the people at work really want to read all your books too. I look forward to all your other books that are due to come out. I can’t wait!! Your books are so good I wish they would last longer, I read them so fast, I just cannot put them down!!! Take care
Hi Cathy, I have been very busy reading Cut, it’s amazing what’s hiding in the back of the minds of some children and people. I finished the book last night in bed as I was reading it before I went bed and couldn’t put it down. You’re so amazing. Cut has to be my favourite book up to now, don’t get me wrong they are all fantastic but this is my best one. It’s just unbelievable what sick people can do that to such a cute loving little girl. It makes you want to go and look for them and give them a piece of your mind. You did a great job coping with her. Love to all.
Jess, UK, 16/08/2008
Hi Cathy, Just finished reading Damaged and Cut and they were absolutely fantastic reads. Very eye opening. You must have been sent from heaven to look after and tend to the needs of the children that need it the most. I have never read such inspiring books. You have the patience and understanding of a saint. Can’t wait until your next book next year as I have now read all 3 of your books. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration. Thanks for your reading.
Dawn, Felixstowe, UK, 16/08/2008
I have just finished reading your book Hidden. I really enjoyed it and was glad everything turned out for Tayo. I was in tears reading the end of the book. You are one great lady and now I will read some more of your books. I have been in foster care while my mum was in hospital, the family were brilliant and treated me like one of their own.
Donna W, UK, 16/08/2008
Hi Cathy, just finished reading Damaged and wanted to send you a great big hug. You deserve it for the help you have given to the children who have been hurt in such unthinkable ways. Your children are a credit to you in the way they accepted little Jodie and gave her the chance to live in a family so full of love and care – something the poor little thing had never known with her own so called family! Well done to you and your family. Without you children like Jodie wouldn’t stand a chance. I am so pleased to hear that Jodie is doing well and send her loads of love and luck for her future. God bless you all.
Wendy, London, UK, 16/08/2008
Hi Cathy, have just finished Cut. Yet again another riveting read – just couldn’t put it down. Bring on the next one please. Best wishes to you and your family.
Sandra, Leicester, UK, 16/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I am a student nurse and I have just finished reading your 3rd book, Cut, and I had to tell you how much I enjoyed it! I have read all three of your books and I have loved reading them all. When I start reading one of your books I just can’t put it down until I have finished it! I think all three of them are incredibly inspirational and you have done such a fantastic job over the years. These children, and your own, are so very lucky to have you as a mother. You are such a brilliant writer and I can’t wait until your next book comes out in April! Take care and all the best in the future!
Jenny, Scotland, UK, 15/08/2008
Hi, I have read all your books and found them very sad, but also at the end there is hope for children if the help is given to them in time. I’m training to become a social worker as a result of the books that I have read. I would like to say if only there was more people in the world willing to help others then this world would be a whole lot better for our children to grow up in.
M C, UK, 15/08/2008
Just finished “Hidden” and “Damaged”, both are heartbreaking stories. Am really keen to know if Tayo’s mother keeps in touch with him (though I imagine not, but hope that she tries) and how he is doing back with his father. Glad to see that little Jodie is doing well, good luck to her with her new family.
Allyson, Scotland, UK, 14/08/2008
Dear Cathy, I joined the library last week and one of the first books I took out was ‘Hidden’. It was an amazingly well written book and I read it in 2 days. I just couldn’t put it down. What a lovely ending for such a special boy. I am looking to foster in the near future and your book has inspired me to take it further. I’d like to say a big well done and thank you for sharing your amazing stories, I will now be looking out for Damaged and Cut. Keep up your good work.
Gemma H, 14/08/2008
Hello Cathy, thank you for the email. I bought your new book, Cut, last Friday and read it within 3 days. You are by far the best writer I have ever come across, your books are so wonderful warm and touching. You are a person to look up to. The last book was again sad, but so nice that Dawn made it in the end and can now have a life as an adult as she didn’t as a child. Keep writing the books.
Traci S, 14/08/2008
Dear Cathy, I would like to thank you for publishing your books to help the abused children to be more strong and confident so they can tell people around them, whom they trust, to help them to be safe. I have just finished your book “Damaged” which really has broken my heart and makes me cry. I am a mother of four children and thanks to God they have lived in a safe environment which me and my husband gathered them in love and peace. I have read three books where all the small girls, from infant until they grow up, have been sexually abused by their own fathers or stepfathers. I just want to ask one question “are these men animals or do they come from another space”? I am sure even the animals protect their babies from strangers. I wish if I can to help any child who needs my help. I am going to buy your other two books to learn more about the fantastic job you are doing for the foster children. I wish you all the best.
Eman Y, Bahrain, 14/08/2008
I bought Cut on Monday and finished it yesterday afternoon – another fantastic and inspiring read. I don’t think I can wait until next year when your next book comes out! Keep up the amazing work.
Kayleigh, UK, 13/08/2008
Cathy, your books just keep getting better and better. I went out and bought Cut yesterday and I settled down with your book, and have to admit to not putting it down until I had finished it.! Fantastic. Thank you so much yet again for all the hard work that you do, and having just read Cut, I am surprised you carried on at all! All my love to you and your precious family
Julia, UK, 13/08/2008
Hello Cathy, I hope you and your family are all well. I thought your last two books were fantastic but then I read Cut, what can I say, brilliant. We only have one complaint and that is we now have to wait far too long for your next one! Please keep the books coming.
Neil & staff, UK, 13/08/2008
Hello Cathy, I have read your book Cut, brilliant what can I say, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the next one. I had to do a write up on a book for uni so I chose Damaged. I have to write what my thoughts and feelings were on the book. I start uni in September to do counselling. Take care
Sheila N, 13/08/2008
Hiya Cathy, You really have done it again. I have just finished reading Cut and you have once again proved that you are one of the best foster carers around! You deserve an OBE or MBE or something as good. Thank you so much for all your effort and patience in looking after all the children. As a social worker I have picked up so much from your books. I know the good and bad aspects of how a social worker should practice and once again thank you for your ‘eye-openers’. I really do appreciate your wisdom. Thank you.
Janet, UK, 13/08/2008
Hi Cathy, Just finished Cut I read it in a couple of days. My heart went out to Dawn and I am so glad she received the help she needed. I think you and you husband were so brave to take on fostering so early in your married life. It shows how big your hearts were to want to support others while your family were so young. My family had a spell where self harming raised its ugly head, but thankfully we had fantastic support from our young persons unit. And my daughter now counsels others. Please keep writing, I love reading your books even though they always make me cry. Best wishes
Jane, Edinburgh, Scotland, Uk, 13/08/2008
Hi Cathy, Just finished your book Damaged, what a great read. After being a foster carer myself for 8 years I am glad to see that my feelings are shared by other carers. In places it was like reading about our family and the child we look after, though not quite as extreme. You are an inspiration to us all and I hope you keep succeeding.
Sharon UK, 13/08/2008
Your books are brilliant and make me cry.
Sarah, West Midlands, 12/08/2008
Hi Cathy, just to let you know I have read the book Damaged, I really enjoyed it, I could not put it down it was so moving. The housework did not get done. Then came the next book Hidden. Well what can I say, I read it in two days I could not put it down. Now I have just read Cut, it was as good as the others. I am reading it again, so well done on the best book I have read. Looking forward to the next one. I hope you keep writing. Good luck with all your books
Hi Cathy, I finished reading Cut at 2:20am last night – I couldn’t put it down. I had to finish it before I went to bed. Although, I was so upset in the morning as I have nothing enjoyable to read until APRIL! There are so many books, I agree, but none like yours.You truly are a talented woman and I hope you continue with your wonderful, wonderful work. Let me know if you decide to publish them sooner 🙂
Sarina, UK, 12/08/2008
Dear Cathy I’d like to congratulate you on the publication of yet another good book. I brought Cut on Saturday and I thought it was very interesting. I couldn’t believe what a terrible childhood Dawn had. I thought you did a really good job in helping her turn her life around. There are many disturbed children out there who need someone like you to help them. Good luck Cathy on the publication of your future books. I hope that you and Adrian, Lucy and Paula are getting on all right.
Miss A P M, Devon, UK, 12/08/2008
Hi there, I sat up from 11pm until 5am reading ‘Cut’, I tried to wait to read it but I couldn’t. The book was amazing, it was very hard to put down. I couldn’t believe what I was reading sometimes, especially with the way the social worker dealt with things and her attitude towards you. When reading the book I learnt of a different side to you, a side that hadn’t been shown in either of the other books, but that side of Cathy was still great and her determination was no different. What Dawn went through must have been truly horrendous and my heart really went out to her. I found it very hard to hold back tears at the end of the book. You are such an amazing person, you stood by Dawn and you believed her even when times were really tough and it takes a certain type of person to be able to do that. Well done with the book it was great.
Jodie, UK, 12/08/2008
Hey, I’m fifteen years old and I’ve read Damaged, and have almost finished Cut (in just a couple of hours). I have been really inspired by them and I think it’s admirable that you have brought out these books to show the process of Fostering and how it is now and has been. My auntie used to foster before an accident that has left her unable to, but I’m thinking perhaps I could take on the role of foster parent when I’m older after reading you’re books. I’d love to help someone, and foster children who need love and a place to stay. It seems unfair that people’s lives can be turned upside down because of conditions that are not their fault. Everyone deserves a chance. So yeah, thanks for inspiring me and opening my eyes to the world of foster care. Love your books!
Sarah G, 15, 11/08/2008
Hello Cathy, I have just finished reading your book Hidden. This was a fantastic read!!! I never realised that one book could bring out so many types of emotions. I laughed, cried, and felt so much joy while reading your great story. It just shows that there can be a fairytale ending, and life isn’t just about disappointment for children who are in care. Since Hidden is the 1st book I have read of yours, I have just ordered Damaged & Cut!! I am looking forward to reading those stories. Thank you for sharing your experience and hope there is many more stories in the future.
Liz, UK, 11/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I have read two of your books, I couldn’t put either down. I read Damaged in 2 days on holiday and Cut yesterday in just one day. I have bought Hidden and can’t wait to read it. The personal stories show your hard work and always brings a tear to my eye. I never want the books to end. You are a devoted mother to your own children and no matter what troubles these foster children come with, you will put all your effort into helping. All I can say is well done and thanks for sharing the stories and letting others see it’s good to talk about a problem. Thanks
Hi Cathy, just to tell you I absolutely loved Hidden. I really related to both Hidden and Damaged, but Hidden made me so happy because a year ago I met my father for the first time in 13 years. It was an emotional reunion. In Hidden I can also relate toTayo’s mam, Minty… she is pretty much like my mam. My mam kept me from happiness for a long time and it hurts me so much to know she told me lies about my father and made him into a bad man when really he is the most amazing father in the world. And what you say about your feelings in your book before the reunion well it is even more intense – your stomach spins so much and your legs turn into jack hammers. I also want to tell you when I read your first book it made me think to write about my life, but even a little bit of it was upsetting. I guess I’ll leave you to writing books.
Naomi G, UK, 10/08/2008
Dear Cathy, I have read Damaged and Hidden and am now about to start Cut. I would like to start off by honouring you for the help you provide for those children in need and for sharing your experiences with us. When I read your first book Damaged I was in my second year at university, going on to my third, studying law. Your book inspired me in such a way that I based my whole final year dissertation on The Children Act 2004, social workers, and the help people like yourself provide. Your book gave insight to another side that people may not notice – the hard work of social workers and foster carers, and the reasons why things may have gone wrong in the past. I was pleased with my dissertation and what I learnt while researching on the topic. I have graduated now and am furthering my career to becoming a lawyer and now have my heart set on Family Law. You have been a true inspiration for me and I thank you greatly, and truly admire the work you do. I love reading your books and hope you have lots of success. Lots of Love
Sabrina, 21, Essex, UK, 10/08/2008
Hey Cathy, I’m Katie and I’m 13 years old. I just finished your book, Damaged, and I’m about to start reading Hidden. I read your book in less that two days and I just wanted to say I was shocked at how cruel some adults can be to their children. I’ll never understand how people can be so cruel, especially to their own flesh and blood. You did an amazing job looking after Jodie and helped her a lot. You are an exceptional person. I don’t think Foster Carers get the credit they deserve, as before I read this book I didn’t realise what a hard job it is. Some people find it hard coping with their own children, but you managed to bring up your own children and look after other children who were going through emotional difficulties and had come from broken homes. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for a truly inspiring book that showed me that among all the criminals, paedophiles, murderers etc. there are people who care and just want to help others.
Katie W, 13, Scotland, UK, 10/08/2008
Hi Cathy I bought Cut on Thursday night before I started work and I started reading it at break time. I’ve just finished it. Well! I was brought to tears and I felt so sorry for Dawn. I’m glad things turned out well in the end
Cathy, I have just read Hidden, I couldn’t put it down it took me just 5 hours to read. I am a mother of four children and have been through the “system” myself. The only book that was available when I was in care was “Why Me” which helped enormously. I think that your books will be an inspiration to all children that have been in care and will really help them to see there are other people going through the same thing and that they are not alone. I am going to purchase Damaged and Cut tomorrow. Hidden had such a positive ending I feel compelled to find out about the other children in your books. Thank you for having the compassion and understanding which is so needed in telling these true, but often harrowing stories, and enabling the children to smile through adversity.
Hi Cathy, Have just finished reading Cut, another excellent book. As foster carers I sometimes feel you are writing about me and my husband, as I can recall many similar conversations e.g. whether we are out of our depth looking after a certain child. I feel the same as you, not wanting to give up on them. I could feel your frustration at not being able to get , what I think, is vital information to enable us to look after children properly. Even today the information is sketchy to say the least. I can also feel your pleasure when fostered children contact you again, it really does make our job feel all the more worthwhile. Even if we have had a tough time with them it is nice to see them grow, knowing you may have given them hope a feeling of worth about themselves. Keep up the writing Cathy, I know I probably have as many stories I could write about my fostered children, but I don’t know where I would find the time, I admire the fact that you can juggle all this into your very busy day. Take care
Mary, Kent, UK. 10/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading ‘Damaged’ and I want you to know how much you have truly inspired me. I’m 18 years old, I am studying health and social care and I hope to go onto university next year to study Social Work. I already have a passion for working with people which has stemmed from having a disabled brother and being fully involved in his everyday care along with having a mentally ill mother whom I cared for from a young age. I can totally comprehend how the ‘system’ with regards to social services is not always there and willing to give the protection and services that are necessary for people to live, recover, rehabilitate and so on. From reading you book, this has made my passion to pursue a career in social work burn stronger. I want to make a difference to adults and children who are in desperate need of support. I will use my own experiences and it will help me empathise with people who are not receiving what they are entitled to. I have witnessed it first hand with my brother and from reading your book I am disgusted with the lack of collaboration when Jodie was placed on the at risk register. If people involved in the care of Jodie worked as a multi agency then it would not have gone on as it did. Nonetheless, Jodie was lucky to have found you and other amazing people such as Jill, and it’s people like you that make it work. I just want you to know that you have made my enthusiasm for social work bloom and I will continue to read your other books because I truly believe you are an angel sent from heaven. You book is an inspiration as are you. Keep up the good work
Hayley, 18, UK, 09/08/2008
Hello Cathy, after reading both Damaged and Hidden, I feel it only right that I should take the time to get in touch with you and leave you my heartfelt admiration. You truly are an exceptional lady. Your ability to tackle the ups and downs of every day life, raise children of your own, come through strong out of a divorce and still find the time and love for fostering is outstanding. I had absolutely no idea of the work involved in fostering until reading your books. Although you have shed light on something I was aware of but never really thought much of…..it has made me realise how special, important and dedicated foster carers are. Some people really don’t get the praise they deserve and from reading your books it makes me sad that it has taken a book for me to realise how important and special you people really are. We all go about our daily lives, have the same routines, moan about the same problems, want the latest things and so on……yet there are people like you who know nothing of what tomorrow may bring, dedicate your whole life to the needs of others, open your door, not knowing what it will bring. Yet material things can’t put a price on a fostered child coming into your house alone and leaving with a sense of belonging! Your books portray heartfelt love for those welcomed into your home and sheer dedication from you. I feel that you will have inspired others to consider foster caring. Not only do you possess a natural ability to care but also to become such a lovely author. You often hear people talking of Angels. Well if such things do exist…..I’m sure you are one of them. Thank you for opening the door to your life and allowing us to see what does go on. It really does change your outlook on life in so many ways…it has mine anyway. It’s been a pleasure writing this and I’m sure everyone else feels the same. I can’t wait to read your next book, Cut, along with all others that will soon be published.
Melissa, North Wales, UK, 09/08/2008
Hi Cathy, I ordered Cut online at Amazon ready for when it was released. So have had it for a few days now and am reading it 🙂 I am also recommending your books to others to read. One day I would like to do something special for foster children, such as set up a company/charity that its aim would be to make sure every foster child in the UK had their own suitcase and a teddy bear that was theirs to keep and take with them to every placement they go to. Take care
Dear Cathy, WOW, Your books are outstanding. I’ve come back from Cornwall and I took Damaged with me, I couldn’t put it down. So I bought Hidden on Sunday and finished that on Tuesday, I cried at the end. Wow what a lady you are. We went into Plymouth and bought Cut, gosh, my heart went out to Dawn. I was so pleased she got her life sorted out. I finished it this morning 9/8/08. When is the next one coming out? I do hope it is soon. You are a credit to fostering. My heart goes out to you. Please hurry with the next book.
Helen, Huddersfield, UK, 09/08/2008
Hi, I’m only 17 and I don’t read very often. I picked up your book Damaged earlier this year after my Mum started reading it and couldn’t put it down. Then a couple of weeks later I began reading Hidden which I got totally into after a few pages and ended up reading the whole book in less than a week. I think the work you do is amazing and I’m sure you inspire everyone who reads your books. I can definitely say I will be buying your new book Cut.
Fawn H, 17, UK, 09/08/2008
Cathy, just wanted to send you a note. After reading “Damaged” I had to share the book with the therapist who helped the two young ladies who had similar happening to them and were a part of my home. I have since seen this wonderful woman and she has recommended that all the therapists read your book, as well as all the foster parents she interacts with through her organization. Thank you for sharing your life with us. You are continuing to help the kids through your sharing.
John L, 09/08/2008
Hi Cathy, Thought I would email and say I have bought and read Cut! It took me all of a day. I went and got it straight from work last Saturday and that was it. I was totally caught up in the story, I felt so much for you as well as Dawn, dealing with the problems you had with her, and all the heartache you must have gone through, and also the pain she must have had inside. I also found I felt for her mother in many ways. I felt sympathy that she was at a loss to know what to do with Dawn, and can only imagine the pain she went through not knowing how to help. I know only too well how it is sometimes easier to take a step back from things. Not the best answer but it’s almost an automatic self protect instinct, when you can’t think of what else to do. It seems to me you helped her mother as much as you did Dawn. You must think a lot about Dawn and wonder about things since she left your care. It was another amazing story and again shows how perseverance and care go along way. Each of your books has touched me – you have allowed people into your life and given them so much. My partner is amazed how quickly I read now. Anyway, congratulations on a fantastic book, and I’m sure there are many people that agree with me. Hope you’ve had a great holiday and your family are all ok.
Ellen, UK, 08/08/2008
I have just finished Hidden, which I read in less than two days. I just could not put it down. I went through the mill as a reader with all the emotions displayed throughout Tayo’s story. It sickens me how badly his mother treated him and I was so elated and relieved at the end. I could not stop crying with joy that he will finally get the childhood and life he deserves, and has long awaited. You made that happen along with all the people involved with Tayo’s case, and for that, and all previous foster children you have given a better life to, I have the up most respect for you and your profession. You have inspired me immensely, and I thank you. Look forward to reading Cut, I hope there are many more exceptional stories to come. Thanks again Cathy
Tanya H, 08/08/2008